Hi! I am October Smith. Yes, my given is October, it is beautiful that time of the year in the Northern part of the US. I am a Christian, wife, mother, full-time teacher and life-long learner. I love everything about life in this fast-paced technology age! And…I take pictures of it all!
I graduated with a Biology/Education degree from Houston Baptist University. I went on to get my MEd from HBU in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Instructional Technology. In 2012, I started on yet another journey working towards a PhD in Educational Technology through the University of North Texas.
Over the years, I have had a number of blogs, all based on my personal life or whatever craft I was currently working on but needed a more permanent location for my crazy thoughts. The Knowledge Cornerstone was born.
I have a unique perspective when it comes to my views on education. My education career began in 2000 and continues to this day. I have worked in both the public and private sector, taught every grade level K-12, including undergraduate, graduate students, adults and even had a small stint of homeschooling my children. I have also worked as a district instructional technologist and spent time as the K-12 science coordinator in a wonderful school district outside of Houston. My current position has me as the manager at Long Acres Ranch. My focus as the manager is to bring out groups of visitors (schools, Scouts, churches, other organizations, etc…) for an outdoor learning and/or recreational experience in the middle of 768 acres of undeveloped land in the heart of my little town. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to expand on my passion for developing and creating new educational programs in an amazing environment!
This site provides a more permanent place for my ramblings on education, my struggles as a teacher, successes, failures, general reflections, presentations and most importantly how I run my classroom. I am where I am today because of other educators who have so willingly shared their stories. I have been known to let hours slip by me as I read other blogs on what works and what does not. All of us who have that passion and love for teaching can take what someone else has done and tweak it to make it their own. Hopefully you find something here to inspire you!
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