So Long, John Charles Smith
by Elana Golub on Friday, June 8th, 2012John Charles “JC” Smith, a beloved and respected Milton English teacher, is bringing his career to a close. Having taught at Milton Academy for 38 years, Mr. Smith has had a signficant impact of the school community. Smith has improved not only his students’ essay constructions, but also their overall experiences in the classroom.
Mr. Smith has always strived to revolutionize his students’ writing. “Through the many comments I have on the essays I have written, Mr. Smith has taught me how to further develop my writing skills,” said Kayla Jang (III). “I have learned how to analyze a quote much more thoroughly and to use a variety of sentence patterns.” Maddie Warwick (III) added, “[Mr. Smith] goes out of his way to make sure that I become a better writer.”
One thing that makes Mr. Smith’s teaching stand out is his desire to make each of his English students a grammar master. “My grammar has definitely improved because we do lots of megablunder tests,” says Maddie.
In addition to learning from Mr. Smith, his students enjoyed every class. One of his Class III students stated that “Mr. Smith makes my days more fun because his class is very entertaining.” Jang agrees, saying “[his class] sounds like a typical Milton English class, except Mr. Smith always adds a little humor or history to the discussion.”
Mr. Smith will be sorely missed next fall. Although he will no longer be present in the hallways, his influence on the students he has taught and mentored will never be forgotten.
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