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 math teacher with 20 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 13 years. 

I have been married to my husband, Russell Smith, for 32 years. I have three children. Jake is 26 and is married to Kali. He works as a chemical process engineer for Arclin in Ruston, LA. Kali teaches 1st grade in Monroe, LA. Hannah is 24 and teaches World History I and II at Austin Junior High.  Mary Beth, 22, is a graduate student 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, and emotionally, to have curious minds, to become organized, and to be goal setters.

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