Name: Aldrich D. Smith

School: Booker T. Washington High School

Subject: English Language Arts and Composition


Tell us a little bit about you. Things you like outside of school, etc.…

I will be going into my third year of teaching and my third year as a resident of Houston, Texas; I was born, raised and educated in Alabama. Besides school, I am a lover of the ARTS. I enjoy interior design, fashion, music (especially live), going to Art galleries, etc. I’m mostly a home body, so those are the only things that could get me to leave my nest. I’m a creative, so I thrive in environments that reflect the artsy side of who I am. Recently, I’ve started to teach myself how to cook, so that will be a new focus for me moving into this academic year.


Give us an idea of your education passion, can you tell us something of why you chose education…

I’m a combination of a series of stereotypes that some deem to be strikes against a black child. I’m a product of a single parent household, where my grandmother raised me because of the unstable life of my mother and the absence of a father. Early in life, I showed true signs of

ii literacy and my development in spoken language was below average. From a bout first grade until fourth grade, I remember being pulled out of class to work with this red head lady, who was adamant about making me sound out letters, words and read; I know now that someone noticed my deficit and that the school had provided me with a speech pathologist. Looking back, I can truly understand the words of Nelson Mandela, ‘education is a powerful tool’. Thereafter, I became a stand out and above average student, especially in comprehension. I was placed in advanced reading courses in middle school and honors classes in high school. When I tell many people a bout my earlier years, they understand why education and my need to be the same change and motivation someone else provided me, for  there is a child out there in the world that was born and inherited flaws that they didn’t ask for, much like me. They deserve to know that regardless of where you’re from, what you parent did or did not do and intellectual deficits, that they can still shape their own reality. Education first chose me, and I chose it to potentially help someone navigate it as a means of, not only intellectual growth, but to leave my classroom with a new perspective on their own life, morals and values and what the aspire to be in life.

Who would have thought that a neighborhood student with clear educational obstacles from Montgomery, Alabama would receive a master’s degree in education in the content area of English language Arts?


To help you feel better what do you like? Card, Starbucks, candy, prayer, etc.… list as many things as you wish

Random Things that make me Smile: Motivational Quotes, Journals, Blank Stationary

Snacks: Kettle Style Chips, Ginger· Ale, Sweet Tea, Chocolate, Fresh Fruit, Fresh Baked Goodies Gift Cards:Target, Marshalls, Ross, TJ Maxx, H&M, Walmart, Visa and any FOOD PLACE (I’m not a picky eater and enjoy new things}


To help you with supplies, what items are you wanting?

  • Expo Markers
  • Sticky Notes
  • Sharpies
  • Paper Mate Flair Pens
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Lysol or Disinfectant Spray
  • Disposable Mask
  • Kleenex
  • Paper Towels
  • Crayola Markers, Colored Pencils
  • Glue Sticks
  • Rulers
  • Stapler and Staples
  • Command Strips/Prnducts

Technology “WISH LIST”

  • Printer/Copier Combination (small bulk order of ink)
  • Keyboard attachment for Apple iPad (to increase multitasking)
  • Ring Light