Wanda Smith
Photo courtesy of Sam Houston State University

A Brenham Elementary School teacher will be a guest speaker at the December Graduation Ceremony at Sam Houston State University.  Wanda Smith will be sharing her story of perseverance to over 1940 graduating Bearkats at the Fall Graduation Ceremony.  The Commencement ceremonies are scheduled for December 10th and 11th at the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum on the Sam Houston Campus.

Smith graduated from Sam Houston in 2010 while working two jobs and raising a family.  She became a teacher at Brenham Elementary School where she had worked for years as a custodian and a bus monitor.  As with many students, her path to earning a college degree was filled with many twists and turns.  After many years, she completed her degree and found her purpose as educator.   She serves as a shining example and inspiration to her students and fellow teachers at Brenham Elementary.

Inspired by Smith’s determination to become a teacher, the Sam Houston State University College of Education created the “Wanda Smith ‘Make a Difference’ Scholarship”.  The award goes to a first generation Sam Houston student pursuing a career in teaching. Details about the graduation events can be found at shsu.edu/graduation.

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  1. THIS!!!! These are the stories we need to hear about more often! Thank you Wanda for shining such a positive light on your students and being a proud BEARKAT! Eat’Em Up Kats

  2. This is so WONDERFUL!!!! Thank you Wanda!! You are such an amazing teacher and inspirational woman!

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