Mrs.  Kara  Smith
5th Grade Teacher
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Welcome to 5th Grade! I’m Mrs. Smith, and I will be teaching Science and Social Studies to Homerooms 502, 503, and 504, and Language Arts to Homeroom 504. This will be my 12th year of teaching! I love my job and have wanted to be a teacher since I was three years old. I am very happy to be your child's teacher. I am full of anticipation and deeply grateful to have the opportunity to work with all of you and your fifth graders.  I have taught two years in 6th grade, five years in 1st grade, and this will be my fifth year teaching 5th grade. I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with all of you, and I can’t wait to share with you all of the fun things we are going to learn about this year!

I graduated from New Brighton High School in 1999. In fact, my 5th grade teacher was Mr. Mittner! I graduated from Geneva College in 2003 with a B.S.Ed in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish, and I have received Middle-Level English Certification. I am certified to teach grades K-9, but 5th grade is my favorite!

I have a husband, Jamie, and we have been married for ten years now. We have two children; a daughter, Abbie,  and a son, Ryan. I grew up in Daugherty Township, but in 2011, my husband and I built our home in Chippewa.

I can’t wait to get to know all of you and I am looking forward to having a great year together!

Please feel free to email me anytime. My email address is I check my email several times a day.
Again, welcome to Room 504. I look forward to spending this year with you and your child!
Warmest Regards,
Mrs. Kara Smith

Contacting Mrs. Smith
Please know that open communication between us is essential to a happy and productive experience for your child. If you have questions, concerns, funny stories or happy thoughts about your child I would love to hear them! Please write me a note or give me a call at school. I try to return phone calls the same day I receive them. If you call me after 3:45pm, chances are you will not hear from me until the following day, as I check all of my messages at that time. Please understand that my evenings are devoted to my family and I do not take calls at home. If you have a quick question or comment, feel free to email me at I try to check my email every evening. Kindly understand that during arrival and dismissal times my main concern is my students and their well-being. They need and deserve my undivided attention; therefore I cannot get into lengthy discussions during those times.