For Brad Smith, there’s nothing better than teaching science and engineering to high school students. He said, “I majored in Physics and then pursued a seminary degree, and was offered a temporary position teaching high school.” He continued, “That ‘short-term assignment’ was in 1992 and I haven’t left the classroom since.”
“My earliest memories were playing with engineering toys and games and constructing structures. Now I get to bring those interests in to the classroom.”
Over the past 24 years, Brad has exposed his students to real-world application opportunities, such as touring local manufacturing plants and participating in the Mousetrap Vehicle Tournaments, Design Thinking Camps, and machining contests. He’s also led a competitive robotics team for the past 14 years.
“I’m incredibly proud of my students. I have students interning at Georgia Tech and former students working in engineering fields across the world,” he said.
“Today, I’m teaching two sophomores who developed an RFID device that carries a patients’ medical history and hospital charts in a wristband. If this is what they are doing at 15, imagine what they’ll do in a few years.”
Brad added, “I’m honored to play a small role in each of my students’ successes.”