Teachers make an impact on so many students and families. Such is the case with Springville Elementary School’s Donna Smith.
Mike and Janet Long, along with their son Michael Long, own Long Distributing. They work for McKee Foods, the makers of Little Debbie snack cakes.
“We won a sales competition, and the grand prize was being able to honor our Classroom Hero,” Janet Long said. “With that was a $300 Visa gift card. The teacher we honored was Donna Smith.”
Long said Smith was her 24-year-old daughter Melissa Long’s kindergarten teacher, and now her granddaughter Hannah Gill’s kindergarten teacher.
“My children and Donna’s children grew up together playing basketball, volleyball and softball together,” Long said. “So we have known Donna and Jeff Smith forever. They are just wonderful people. Now, Donna is a Little Debbie classroom hero.”
Smith said she was very honored to receive this gift card, and even more pleased to be named a classroom hero. After this year, Smith plans on retiring.
“I love my school, I love my class, and I just love everything about my job,” Smith said. “It is jut so nice to be appreciated.”
SES principal Bobby Byrd said he was not about to let Smith retire.
“I have about 15 more years in this profession, and she is going to stay with me here side by side,” Byrd said. “From the day I met her back in 1997, she has been the same. She is consistent, loving, and caring. My eldest son was in her classroom, and to this very day, still loves her. She is not just a teacher; she becomes a member of your family. That is big when you’re sending your baby to school. It is a comfort zone knowing that your child is going to be taken care of.”