By: Nelson Cummiskey
While all the teachers at North Springs are amazing instructors as well as mentors, some have stood out over the years and have been chosen by students to be put in the spotlight. One of these teachers who earned the title of NS Oracle Spotlight Teacher is Mr. Eric Smith. Head of the social studies department, Mr. Smith has been at North Springs going on 19 years, and he has been teaching in Fulton County for 27. In fact, he started teaching when Mr. Day, his current best friend, was in 6th grade. He is quite the seasoned veteran when it comes to teaching and all that experience has made him one of the most impactful instructors at this school.
At the beginning of each year, Mr. Smith’s primary goal is not only to improve his scores from the previous year and get more kids to understand the material but to “make sure I’m still passionate about what I do.” As a student, I have personal experience sitting in a class where neither I nor the teacher has any interest in the content, and that is not a recipe for success. Mr. Smith is most passionate about teaching U.S. History, more specifically the politics of the gilded age, and if you have taken his class, that would not be a shocker. He can’t pass one of those brown historical sight signs on the side of the highway without either pulling over to see it or looking it up later.
When asked why he became a teacher, Mr. Smith admittedly said he did it for “all the wrong reasons.” These include time off, getting out of work by four, and summer break. He quickly learned that the demands of teaching are quite rigorous gained a new respect for the profession as well as a love for teaching. After pondering other career choices he could have made, he decided that teaching was the best fit for him. We couldn’t agree more.
Mr. Smith has been devoted to North Springs since he arrived, and the entire school should be thankful for him. The energy that he brings into the classroom engages the entire class and keeps kids from falling behind. Smith treats all his students with respect, and it is recommended that you do the same to him.