Meet the Teacher

Phone: 256.230.2880


Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. Elementary Education, Auburn University

Mrs. Michelle Smith

Welcome to 5th grade at Athens Intermediate School! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to teach students, and to help them grow and learn. 

I am a 5th grade science and math teacher with 17 years of teaching experience. I began my career teaching 3rd grade in LaGrange, Georgia. After marrying my husband, I taught 3rd and 4th grades in Raleigh, North Carolina.  I was a stay at home mom for 12 years. I have been back in the classroom teaching at Athens Intermediate School for 10 years. 

I have been married to my husband, Russell Smith, for 30 years. I have three children. Jake is 24 and a graduate of Auburn Univeristy. He is works as a chemical process engineer for Arclin in Ruston, LA. Hannah is 22 and is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in secondary social science. She will be teaching World History I and II at Austin Junior High.  Mary Beth, 20, is a junior at Auburn University studying speech communications.  I enjoy spending time with my family, spending time at the lake, reading, cooking and traveling.

I believe in teaching the whole child. I feel it is my duty to help each child reach his/her full potential, to instill in them a belief that they can reach it. This means setting high expectations in my classroom, helping students grow academically, socially, emotionally, to have curious minds, to become organized, and to be goal setters.

"Every new day is another chance to change your life." -Anon.