St. Mary's County Times August 10, 2017 - Page 12

12 Education The County Times Thursday, August 10, 2017 Guffrie Smith: St. Mary’s County Native Changed Many Lives By Zach Hill Contributing Writer Kids have always been at the center of the life of one of Southern Maryland’s most well-known educators -- Guffrie M Smith, Jr. Born and raised in Scotland, Mary- land (St. Mary’s County) in a family with four brothers and 12 sisters, Guf- frie was the oldest of his siblings. From a rather young age, Smith had already known that teaching and helping other people would be what he wanted to do in his future. “The only role models we had [at the time] were ministers and teachers… In my one-room school down in Scotland, Maryland, I had strong teachers with high expectations and they encouraged and saw this in me” Smith said. “At first I didn’t necessarily see that in myself, but they said that I needed to go on to college.” Smith would do exactly that, going on to be the first person in his family to graduate from high school and college, achieving his B.S. and M.A. from Bowie State University. “At that time, the only place you could afford was a school like Bowie (State) because you didn’t have a lot of scholar- ships offered around,” Smith said. Smith has also completed some post- graduate studies at Nova University and the University of Maryland. Following his college graduation, Smith began what would eventually become a 33-and-a-half-year career as an educator in the Calvert County Public Schools. Beginning as a teacher at Appeal Ele- mentary School in Lusby in 1965, Smith would go on to climb the ranks to vice principal and eventually principal of the school. Smith even got to see Appeal Elemen- tary go from being an all African-Amer- ican school, to becoming fully integrat- ed back in 1967 around the time when it merged with Solomons Elementary. He would take a slight break from his career of working as an educator in 1975 to work with the Maryland State Depart- ment of Education for the next six and a half years. “When I first started working with the state, I was specializing in migrant edu- cation all over the state,” Smith said. Smith was the “Migrant Branch Chief,” a specialist in Title I, and would serve on multiple boards and commit- tees including the State’s Professional Standards, Teacher Education Board, and the Multicultural Education Task Force. Upon completion of this time with the state, Smith would retu ɸ)Ѽݽɬѡ ٕЁ չAՉ)MȀȁɔ啅̰Ё́ɥ)Ёх䀡չѥस)MѠݽձѡѼ)٥ͽȰɑѽȁ!ѡ)̰ɕѽȁɥձմ)Սѥչѥݽձɕѥɔ)ȸ)ݥѡаݽձхѡ)ɽ́ѡɑѽȁɕͽɍ)ѕȁͽѡɸ ٕ չ+q%́Ё$ݽɭѡ)ͽѡɸЁѡչѼɥɔ)ͽɍ́ѼѡչtMѠͅ+q]Ѡѡͼȁݸѡ)eЁٔݡЁɕͽɍ́Ѽ)ݽɬݥѠt)MѠɕѱ䁙͕́͡)ȵ啅ȁѕɴѡ5居Mхє) ɐՍѥѼݡ݅)ѕЁٕɹȰ5ѥ)?e5쁡݅́ѕѼɕͥ)ѡɐɽԁѼظ)!ݕٕȰѡѽѡ)ѡͥѥѥՑѡЁMѠ́)ѡɽ՝Ё́ѥɔѽ݅ɑ́)չ䁥ٽٕи+q$ٕٔ݅́䁥ٽٕ)ѡչtMѠѥ)͍͕)!͡ݕՍ፥ѕЁ)ɔѕȁ͍ٕɥѡЁѡ́ɥѕ)݅́Ёȁѡ-݅) Ջé͍єɽ-) Ո́ݕЁѼɕѕȁх́Ѽ)ݡЁᅍѱ䁡́ɽ́ѡ-݅) Ո ٕи+q'eѡȁ٥͕ȁѼѡ͍̳t)MѠͅq=ѡѡ́ѡ)ݔ́ݔٔЁ͍́͡)ݔeЁٔЁЁѡ́啅ȁЁ$)ͽЁɑєѡЁݽɭݥѠѡ)͍́٥͍́͡Ѽѡ)- Չ̻t)=ѽݽɭݥѠѡ-݅) Ո ٕаMѠ́ͼѥٔ)ݽɭݥѠ ɥѵ́ɥ )ٕЁ չ!ѽɥM䰁)ѡAɽQ͕͵Ё) ɐ)!ݕٕȰݡЁMѠ́Ёٽٕ)ݥѠ݅́́ݽɬݥѠѡ)ѡɽЁɝѥѡ ٕ) Ʌѥٔȁ ɕeѠ)ݡ́ѡɕͥЁѡ ɐ)ɕѽ̸+q́$݅́ЁѼЁѼɕѥɥ)ͽѡЁЃa]Ё5)-MՍ͙ճdɽѡMɍ%)ѥїtMѠͅqQɕ͕ɍ(ȁ͕́ѡݕɔ)ɕЁѕɥ́ѡ䁅ɔѡ)ѕɹȁѕɹ̸͕Qѡ)ͭѡ́܁䁽ѡ)ѡ͔͕̻t)QMɍ%ѥєɕѕ)ѡЁЁѡՑٕ́啐)̀ĴఁɍЁ)ɕѥٔѥ٥ѥ́ȁѡ̰́ɍ)啐ɕȁɔȁѡɕ)ɔ́ݕԁɍЁЁѡ)ձ́ѡȁչمՕѡ)ѠɍЁͥѥٔ)ձЁɽ́ݥѠѡЁ+qQɕ͕ɍѡ͕̤͡)ѡЁѡɔѡ͔͕̤ԁٔ)ѡɔՍ͙հԁɔѼ)ѡ́ѼЁѼеɥͬ)٥̻tMѠͅ+qQ́́ѡȁ́ѡ)ȁɽЁ́ѡЁ́ѡ )ٕЁ Ʌѥٔȁ ɕ)eѣtMѠͅq]ٽє)ɕt)Q́ȁ ٕЁ Ʉ)ѥٔȁ ɕeѠ́ɽش)ՑӊéЁѕ̰ܴ)ɵаչɥ́хѥ̰)Սѥ͔ٔѥѥѼ)ɹͥѥٔمՕ́ѥ)ͽѕ̸)Qɝѥ́݅́)ȁЁѼѥՔݡЁѡ䁑)ٔ䁙չɅ͕́ѡɽ՝Ёѡ)啅ȁՑѡЁЁѡ) Ք Ʌ́՝ЀѠIчe)Aɥɕɥ՝ЀѠ)51Սéչɬ՝(и)ՙɥMѠ)ȸ́ɕ)ݥѠمɥ́݅ɑ́ѡɽ՝́)ݥѠѡ́)ɕ٥ѡ1ե́0ѕ݅ɐ)ѡɅѥ Ʌ ѕ) ٕЁ չ䰁ɕ͕ѕ)ѡ]Mȁ!)A݅ɐɽѡ5居 )ɽȁԸ)ՙɥ́ɥѼ ѡɥ)MѠȀ́啅́Ѽݡ͡ɕ)ݼ՝ѕ́M䁅)ݕ)!܁́ѡɕɅɕ)ݥɕЁɅɕɕͥ)Mи1ɐ)=ͽєѡ́ɥѕȁ́ѥ)ե́ՍѥЁѡ )Mѡɸ5居́ѕɸ)ѡ չQ̤չх́ѡ)ЁѡЁՍѽ́ٔѡ)ٕ́ѡȁՑ̸ՙɥ4MѠ))ȸ́ɱ䁙ЁѼѡЁ)ЁɅѥѡɽ՝Ё)Ѽѡչ)ѽՍ)配չѥ̹