Meet Winnie Smith
Posted 07/09/2015 09:43AM

Meet Winnie Smith, who teaches English and science in the Lower School and is the Lower School Service Learning coordinator.


Q: What drew you to Fenn four years ago?

A: I came to Fenn first as a long term substitute for Liz Wei during her maternity leave for her son, Harrison.

Q: What do you enjoy most about teaching here?

A: Observing the commitment, passion, and sense of humor of the Fenn faculty who teaches middle school boys here. It continues to amaze me. It is so rewarding to see boys encouraged to try new things they never thought were possible and to see them surprise themselves when they accomplish them.

Q: What do you hope the boys will come away with after being in your class?

A: I hope the boys in my class will believe in themselves and try their hardest, always striving to put forth their best effort. 

Q: Do you also direct or serve as part of a committee or school-wide effort, and if so, why is this work so important to you?

A: I am the Lower School community service coordinator. It is important to me that I encourage boys to see beyond their own immediate needs and to look at their local community and the greater world beyond.

Q: What are your passions/interests outside of teaching?

A: I try to maintain a healthy balance of family, friends, and physical activity. I enjoy quilting, cross-country skiing in Vermont, training for my fifth women’s triathlon in Maine this July, going for long walks with my one-year-old yellow lab, Smuggler, and following the Red Sox. I have a newly acquired passion for all things related to the Iditarod race in Alaska [Winnie has incorporated this subject into her curriculum and last winter she arranged for sled dog teams and their owners to visit Fenn.]