Voices on teaching: Teaching — In it for the Outcome

Candid photo of teacher Christie Smith working with her fourth grade students on a science experiment

Disclaimer: This initiative initially was launched and coordinated by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation, which in 2022 merged with and became the Charles Butt Foundation.

This is Teacher Appreciation Week, a perfect time to introduce our new “Voices on Teaching” series. This is the first in the series, which features diverse perspectives about the importance of the teaching profession and personal stories about teachers who helped give rise to the future.

Christie Smith could have chosen any career. But even when she entertained other possibilities, she always returned to her true passion: teaching. Hear why Christie chose teaching above all else, how her mom feels about her career choice, and what her students say makes Christie special.