Title: Secondary School Educator, Writer
Location: Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
Harriet Gwendolyn Gurley Smith, Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in middle and high school education.
Ms. Smith became a teacher because teaching ran in her family and she had wonderful role models whom she wished to emulate. She followed her dream of teaching and earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina in 1948 and later a Master of Education from Louisiana State University, Shreveport, in 1982. Ms. Smith holds certification to teach in North Carolina and Louisiana, and has taught since her graduation from the University of North Carolina. Though she is now retired, Ms. Smith wishes she could still teach and has immensely enjoyed her time in the classroom. She remains proud of her students, loved interacting with them, and is grateful that her teaching skills positively affected others.
One of the highlights of Ms. Smith’s career is when she served as a delegate with The American Bridge Teachers Association and, with the organization, went on a trip to Russia in 1994. They were in Moscow for six days and St. Petersburg for five, and the mayors of the cities took them on tours, which was an exciting and enlightening experience. The ultimate highlight of Ms. Smith’s career was the joy she got from teaching that she cannot get from anywhere else. Ms. Smith was proud of her students, who would later reach out to her and tell of their professional successes, which they attributed to her teachings. In addition to her role as a teacher within the classroom, Ms. Smith served as a member of the Women’s Board of Directors at Centenary College, president of the Shreveport Medical Society Auxiliary from 1985 to 1986, and president of the Faculty Women’s Club at Louisiana State University Medical Center in 1990. She has served as the chairman of various committees since 1970 and is an active member of the American Contract Bridge League, the Louisiana Real Estate Commission, and the honor society Kappa Delta Pi.
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