It's that sort of teaching strategy that livens up her classes and makes it "easy and enjoyable for the students ... to grasp the contents" of her lessons, according to a letter of support from her supervisor at Blue Mountain Community College, Dean Gail Pincus.
Pincus, the dean of BMCC's professional technical programs, called Smith "an excellent role model for business educators," and praised her teaching effectiveness and impact on the department and college in the letter of support.
That information was drawn from student, peer and professional evaluations from Smith's work at BMCC
"I feel really good because of what the dean wrote," Smith said.
"And I really appreciate the state giving me the award, but it means a lot that the students were part of it."
Realizing that an award reflects a team effort, Pincus and BMCC President Nicki Harrington "re-awarded" the honor to Smith during a department meeting last week.