Student in classroom - Resurrection School - Sunnyvale

Mrs. Mary Beth Smails

5th Grade Teacher
Has been teaching at Resurrection since: 2015
Education: BA in Economics and MEd


Why did you choose to teach at Resurrection?

The warmth and support of the school community really drew me to choose to teach at Resurrection.

How do you get the results you want each student to achieve?

I try to understand what might limit students from learning and work with them to overcome personal challenges.

If you were stranded on a deserted island with just one thing, what would it be?

I would want my dog Sota with me on a deserted island.

What are some of your interests/hobbies?

I practice Bikram Yoga and enjoy reading and watching my children’s sports of water polo and ice hockey.

What are your favorite moments with a student?

My favorite moments are when students connect what we are learning with something in their own lives, and when they have fun and show kindness with each other.

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I would like my students to know that the world is a good place where all life is connected to each other, and that there is no stress in grade 5 only personal growth.

Catherine Hicks - Resurrection School - Sunnyvale