Congratulations, to our great Mrs. Kersey-Smith! She was given the Apple for the Teacher Award from Standard Examiner
Article by ANNA BURLESON, Standard-Examiner Staff
Roy High School teacher Michele Kersey-Smith is shown here Wednesday, May 17, 2017, inside the school. The Standard-Examiner’s Apple for the Teacher contest received about 1,500 nominations, and Kersey-Smith ultimately won the contest with 139 votes.
“I remember mingling with the students and watched what he did and thought I could do that job some day,” she said.
And that’s exactly what she did.
Kersey-Smith is retiring after teaching in Northern Utah for more than 30 years. In her now-empty classroom at Roy High School Wednesday, May 17, “Miss K,” “Coach K” or “Ms. Kersey,” as students call her, wiped away tears.
She said she’s going to miss her coworkers, but most of all she’ll miss the kids.
“School has just been my life,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed the high energy — the football games, the basketball games, the service projects, the dances — everything. Everything I’ve done at this place as made my life full.”
The Standard-Examiner’s Apple for the Teacher contest received about 1,500 nominations, and Kersey-Smith ultimately won the contest with 139 votes. Apple for the Teacher is sponsored by McKay-Dee Hospital, which is providing $500 in prizes to Kersey-Smith.
“This is something that is well-deserved,” Roy High Principal Kirt Swalberg said. “She’s one of the finest educators I’ve come across in my years of experience. She loves kids, and she loves Roy High.”