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Gayle Smith
Language Arts Teacher
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Welcome. This is my fifth year teaching at Douglas County West.  I teach all the required English 9 classes as well as a variety of English Electives: Speech Communication, Competitive Speech, Creative Writing/Young Adult Literature, and some new elective classes Drama/Debate and a Metro CTE class.  I am also the DC West Competitive Speech Coach and share Digital Journalism sponsorship with Mr. Trey Baker.

Previously, I taught one year at Fremont High School teaching English and Debate and coaching Fremont's Debate Team. Prior to that I taught for 17 years in Alma, Nebraska also teaching English, Speech and coaching the Speech Team and directing the One-Act Play and All-School Play. Alma is small town of 1,200 people in southwest Nebraska near Harlan County Lake.

Many years ago, I graduated high school from Grand Island Northwest and continued my education at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where I met my husband Jim.  My husband was offered a job in Holdrege, Nebraska and I finished my Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language Arts at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.  I also completed my Master of Science in Instructional Technology at University of Nebraska at Kearney. I have continued my education with Leadership in Instructional Technology and an Library Sciences endorsement.

I live just north of Gretna and commute to Valley while my husband commutes to downtown Omaha to his job at Gavilon as an Operations Analyst. My husband is originally from a farm outside of Springfield, NE and has family in the area.

I have two sons, Jared and Nathan. Jared joined the Marines after high school but now lives in Kearney, Nebraska. My youngest son, Nathan works for InfoGroup in Omaha.

My husband and I enjoy camping, kayaking and hiking with our dog Stella.

Contact Information: gsmith@dcwest.org


Phone: 402.359.2121 Email: Gayle Smith Douglas County West High School
401 S. Pine St. Valley NE 68064