Carrie Smith Staff Photo
Subjects Taught
Language, Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies


After graduating from Volunteer High School in 1994, I attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  There I studied English and Elementary Education. I graduated in 1998 with my Bachelor of Arts degree and went on to receive my Masters of Education in 1999. I enjoyed every minute of my experience as a student at U.T. and am proud to be Vol. Go Big Orange!



While working on my Master's Degree at the University of Tennessee, I spent a year doing student teaching in the Lenoir City Schools System. There I worked as a student teacher in the fourth and sixth grades.  My first teaching job was at Blountville Middle School teaching Science, American History, and Reading/Language Arts in the eighth grade. I loved my years at Blountville and enjoyed being able to also coach the softball team. Upon leaving Blountville, I taught one year in the first grade at Kingsley Elementary before returning to my Hawkins County roots.  When my husband and I moved back to the area, we both were hired within the Hawkins County School District. I spent five years at Church Hill Elementary in the fourth and first grades. I dearly love the faculty and staff at Church Hill and it was a very hard decision to leave. However, when my mother, also a Hawkins County School teacher, announced her retirement from many years of service at Surgoinsville Elementary, I transferred to her third grade position.  Surgoinsville Elementary has been my teaching home for the past seven years. I currently teach Reading in the same room I studied reading as a third grader. It is a joy and a privilege to work with an amazing group of educators each and every day who put the students first in all they do.