Campus Elementary 2015 Teacher of the Year - Anne Smalling

Anne Smalling
Memorial Drive Elementary
4th Grade - Self-Contained

University of Houston-Downtown, Alternative Certification Program, 2009
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pa., Bachelor of Arts in History and Russian, 2000

Teaching History
Memorial Drive Elementary, 2014-Present
Tipps Elementary, 2009-14
HEART Program, Houston, 2007-08
Berry Elementary, Houston ISD, 2007-08

Total Years in Education - 8 years

In her own words . . .

“My students are my inspiration. Teaching students how to think is motivation for me. I want to create students that aren’t afraid to question. We learn the most when we think and question, and I want my students to inspire and create change.”

In the words of others . . .

“I knew from the day we interviewed Anne that she was more than just a keeper. Before the interview even began, she and another fourth-grade teacher had become engrossed in an intense conversation about teaching and learning. To this day, they have not stopped!”
- Margie Moerbe, Interdisciplinary Instructional Coach

“After just a few short months, Ms. Smalling has made a lasting difference at Memorial Drive Elementary. She has eagerly volunteered to participate in a variety of professional development opportunities, including attending conferences, trying new practices in her classroom, implementing meaningful use of technology, and becoming the school’s science representative. Ms. Smalling has inspired others to step up their professional learning through her examples and support.”
- Jennnifer Jordan, Memorial Drive Elementary Principal


Spring Branch ISD