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story.lead_photo.caption Cassidy Smith (right), a faculty member at Central Elementary School, is awarded a district Teacher of the Year plaque on June 10 by Magnolia Schools Superintendent John Ward. - Photo by J.D. Bailey

Cassidy Smith, a gifted and talented instructor at Central Elementary School, was recognized Monday by the Magnolia School Board of Education as the 2019 district teacher of the year.

“She just does a phenomenal job over there, and we are certainly privileged to have her in the district,” said John Ward, superintendent at Magnolia Schools.

Smith is an 11-year veteran of Magnolia Schools, where she has taught SAGE and serves as the district’s gifted and talented coordinator.

The district teacher of the year is a 2003 graduate of Spring Hill High School and a 2007 graduate of Southern Arkansas University. She is married to husband Bryan and they have two children together. She is also a member of Junior Charity League, an alum of Phi Mu fraternity, instructs water safety for Red Cross, attends South Jackson Church of Christ in Magnolia, and is a licensed real estate agent with Carrington Realty.

Smith by being chosen as the district’s teacher of the year will now be entered into the statewide pool of candidates for a slot as one of the 14 regional teachers of the year. The state teacher of the year will chosen from among the group.

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