Anne SmithAnne Smith was a remedial reading specialist for 15 of her 21 years teaching elementary school locally. She taught in Mills River for 15 years starting in 1967-68, also in Rosa Edwards and Fletcher. She taught 31 years overall. When reading a story to the class, she sparked imagination by asking what would happen next. She rewarded students who read at home the night before with peanut butter crackers. Her Beautification Table of incentive prizes for excellent work in class included dabbing oneself with perfume or aftershave lotion. She said, “We wanted them to feel they were very special.”

2012 Education Hall of Fame