Linda Smith teaches social studies and English at Kahuku High and Intermediate School in Kahuku. "Educators," says Mrs. Smith, "must help young people believe in themselves and in their ability to make a difference in their community." Whereas she does not see a significant change in the educator's role in the last generation, Mrs. Smith does think that a more cynical climate has made it a steeper challenge to instill hope in today's youth. Mrs. Smith has a sweeping understanding of what it means to be an educator. "I am fist and foremost and educator in my home; I am also an educator in my school, and not only in my classroom. I continue to be an educator to all my previous students and to all young people on our campus. Finally, I am an educator in my community and in my church. I seek opportunities to teach good citizenship, and the basic values of hard work, discipline and responsibility even beyond my classroom." For teachers like Mrs. Smith, the world is a classroom, and the work of teaching and learning never comes to an end.
1967 Brigham Young University, B.A.