Getting to Know You

Bridget SmithMs. Smith sits by a poster with reading tips

Ms. Bridget Smith is a literacy specialist at the Hudson City School District.

Here are a few things to help you get to know Ms. Smith:

 

What is your role here at HCSD, and where do you work?
I am a literacy specialist working with students in grades three through six. I spend my mornings at the Junior High School working with sixth grade students and I spend the rest of my day at M.C. Smith Intermediate School (MCSIS). I share a classroom with Ms. Blake, another literacy specialist, on the third floor of MCSIS.

When did you start working at HCSD?
This is my first year working in the HCSD. I started in September 2016.

What do you like most about your job?
My job is extremely rewarding. I live in Hudson and I am excited to be working with the children who live in my community.  I often see students while I am out and about, and they’re always quick to say hello! My position is unique in that I work with a variety of students in small groups and across grade levels. My favorite thing about my job is having daily opportunities to work with students in small groups.

What is your education background?
I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education and Special Education (Grades 1-6) from The College of Saint Rose. In May, I completed my Master’s Degree in Literacy (B-12) at SUNY Albany.

What is your background like – previous jobs?
I’ve had a variety of experiences in the field of education as a substitute teacher, student teacher and graduate research assistant. Some of the districts I’ve worked in include Greenville, Troy, Germantown and Chatham. I also spent a summer working at Spotty Dog, the local bookstore. Most recently, I taught summer school special education in Chatham CSD.

Tell us about your family.
I live in Hudson with my fiancé and our two cats. My fiancé is a musician and a woodworker.  Both of my parents live in Delmar, where I was born and raised. They are both recently retired from long careers in education and accounting. My younger sister is an auditor working for the Office of the Attorney General.

What are your interests outside of school?
I relocated to Hudson because of the growing music and art scene. I love spending my free time trying new restaurants, attending community events and going to shows at the local music venues. I also enjoy taking the train down to the city or driving across the river to explore the Catskills.

What is the best advice anyone has given you?
Never underestimate the power of relationships.

What is your motto or personal mantra?
“The whole world opened to me when I learned to read” - Mary McLeod Bethune