Degrees and Certifications:

University of The Southwest M.S. Early Childhood Education

Ms. Lateema Smith

My name is Lateema Smith and this is my fourth year teaching first grade at Mary H. Wright. This year begins my 11th year in education. I love first grade and all the fun we get to have while learning and exploring. 

I have a master's degree in Early Childhood Education that I earned at the University of the Southwest. I recently earned a certificate in Reading Recovery and have been grateful to have this resource to apply to helping my friends to become better readers. 

I was born in Jamaica Queens, New York but was raised in the south. I love to visit the big city  but also love the calmness of South Carolina. Besides my early education experience, I transitioned and completed school right here in Spartanburg School District 7.

I have traveled abroad to two places outside of the United States so far and plan to travel to many more countries in the future. I love to explore different places and taste different foods. 

I have four children and two grandchildren. They are each unique in their own way just like you! 


I am happy to get to spend this year growing and learning with each of you.


My favorites:

Food: broccoli

Movie: Annie

Book: The Help

Color: taupe 

Drink: Water with lemon

Season: Autumn

Hobby: reading