"Believe you can and you're halfway there." -Theodore Roosevelt
I have been in education for over 20 years and I still feel brand new to the possibilities that each school year brings.
I am honored to be one of the 8th grade English teachers at Smithfield Middle School, home of the Panthers. Go Metanoia! I have had many roles in my career, ranging from elementary school teacher, middle school teacher, Gifted Education teacher, and Instructional coach to name a few. Regardless of where my path takes me, my greatest joy is the time that I get to be with students participating in their growth and journey to adulthood. It is a privilege I don't take lightly.
This year may look different than it has in the past, but I firmly believe that this is an opportunity to take the best parts of educating students and to create a new way forward. I am excited to help spark the creativity and wonder of learning about our world and ourselves as we spend this year together.
I welcome you to a year that I believe will be unforgettable!
Mrs. Sowden, M.S.Ed, NBCT