Laurie Amberson
Name: Laurie Smith (Formerly Amberson)
Grade: K
Subject: All
Welcome to my website! I moved to Gadsden with my family when I was six years old. I am a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Early Childhood Education, and I have a Master's degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. In 2007, I received my National Board Certification. I have been teaching at Southside Elementary since 1994, first in kindergarten, then in 2nd grade. I am now returning to my kindergarten roots!  I believe that teaching is one of the most important of all professions since teachers have such an impact on the future.I strive to make each child feel special, and I am committed to helping each of my students fulfill his/her potential.
I am blessed to have two children of my own, Rachel and James.  Rachel is starting her senior year at Auburn University in pre-occupational therapy.  My son, James, will be in eighth grade this year. I am married to Wilbur Smith, who grew up in Rainbow City, and we have a dog, Oscar and a cat, Miss Kitty.

I am looking forward to working with you and your children this year.  It is a blessing and a privilege to teach them, and I hope that this year will be a blessing for your child and your whole family.