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December 2018 Employee of the Month
TV & MEDIA/THEATRE ARTS INSTRUCTOR EMILY SMITH IS DECEMBER EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
Posted on 01/23/2019
TV & MEDIA/THEATRE ARTS INSTRUCTOR EMILY SMITH IS DECEMBER EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

WESTFORD — Emily Smith, now in her 12th year as an instructor in the TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts program, is the Employee of the Month. She was nominated by Director of Technology Dr. Carol Heidenrich after being recommended by three students in the Viking Theatre Company, which Smith advises. Dr. Heidenrich was moved by the students testimonials to nominate Smith. Dr. Heidenrich wrote: “Three appreciative students recommended honoring Mrs. Smith as Employee of the Month, and it is my pleasure to support their request. Mrs. Smith has been a TV & Media Production/Theater Arts instructor since 2007. As the leader of the Viking Theater Company since she arrived here, Mrs. Smith has worked tirelessly to support theater productions with students from different programs. She is a dedicated professional who devotes much time and effort to her teaching responsibilities and the theater activities. I have gotten to know Mrs. Smith very well over the last 11 years and find her to be a hard-working individual who also is ready and willing to help others whenever she can. The theater awards received by the Viking Theater Company participants under the direction of Mrs. Smith are a testimonial to her dedication and knowledge of the industry.” Here is a sample of the accolades the three students — seniors Emily Hogan and Caitlin McMaster, and junior Abigail Poor — wrote about Smith are:

• Emily Hogan: “Throughout my four years at Nashoba Tech, Mrs. Smith has influenced and shaped me for the better. … Her extensive knowledge of her field coupled with playful humor leads to myself and my classmates becoming engaged in all of our lessons. … Thanks to her, I feel prepared for college and for a future career.”

• Caitlin McMaster: “Because of her, I know I want to do something in theater for the rest of my life. She’s not only an incredible director, but an incredible teacher. I love going to school and I look forward to learning when I’m in shop. … I feel like I am understood and appreciated, as well as supported in my endeavors.”

• Abigail Poor: “She has been highly influential in my life and one of the most amazing teachers I have ever had. … I came from a small Catholic school where I was with the same 53 kids my entire childhood. I was overwhelmed by the sheer size of the school, having no friends, and having no clue of what shop I wanted to take. I joined the theater company after school on a whim and immediately found my place. ... It is because of her I have grown to know what I want to do in the future and have the necessary means to get there.”