Computer Science, Health, Physical Education
- M.S. in Sports Pedagogy, University of Utah
- B.A. in English Minority Studies, Virginia Tech
Awards and Honors:
- Youth City's SLC Lights on After School award
Moderates the following activities:
- Ultimate Frisbee
Natalie Smith has been a faculty member for Judge Memorial since 2014. She teaches Fit for Life and Exploring Computer Science. Additionally, she moderates the archery club and coaches the ultimate frisbee team.
While in high school, Ms. Smith was involved in a variety of sports. "Triple and long jump were my best events". She continues her love of sports by moderating Judge Memorial's archery club and coaching the ultimate frisbee team. When asked what her favorite hobbies or activities are outside of teaching, Ms. Smith enthusiastically responded, "Ultimate! Ultimate! Ultimate!" Being with the students is her favorite part of teaching, so it is only fitting that during the fall Ms. Smith fills her spare time coaching ultimate frisbee for middle school and high school athletes. With a strong belief in good sportsmanship, Ms. Smith supports ultimate frisbee's 'spirit of the game' philosophy:
"Ultimate relies upon a spirit of sportsmanship that places the responsibility for fair play on the player. Highly competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of mutual respect among competitors, adherence to the agreed upon rules, or the basic joy of play. " -- Excerpt from the Official Rules of Ultimate: 11th Edition, Section 1. Introduction, item B.
Whether it be in sports, student government, arts, or club activities, Ms. Smith encourages all students to get involved. One of her most memorable moments in high school came when she was a junior and selected to attend Girls State in Virginia. This prominent summer leadership and citizenship program encourages civic involvement and provides an opportunity to gather with peers to learn about government processes. "It was awesome to come from the D.C. area and meet girls from around the state." As an educator, she uses this experience to encourage students to not only be leaders and to lead with confidence, but also be active supporters within their communities.