Discover how Professor Stacey Smith’s teaching style is off the charts. From her love of Economics to her encouragement of saying ‘yes’ to new school activities, her classes are something we all can invest in.
Hello! My name is Stacey Smith and I teach Economics and Business at Coastline College. I am just finishing up my third year here, and I can’t wait for another 27 (30 years sounds like a good number)! I plan on being here for many more years to come. Next year will be my 8th year of teaching at the community college level.
I studied Business Economics and Sport Management at UC Santa Barbara where I completed my undergraduate and graduate programs.
I accidentally took a stats class for Economic majors (I was not one, oops!) during my freshman year and figured I’d give Economics a shot since I was already one class down–best decision I ever made. Additionally, I was fortunate enough to earn a scholarship for five years while at UCSB by playing on the women’s D1 volleyball team.
I love teaching at Coastline because of the unique sense of community that I feel. I have taught at other schools in the past, and never did the president of the school know (or probably care to know) my name or who I was–until now! The faculty and administration here are friendly, collaborative, and genuinely dedicated to making the education we provide students top-notch. The best part of Coastline, though, is the students!
I have been able to work with and build relationships with hundreds of students with varying backgrounds, educational levels, and life experiences. I truly enjoy this part of my job! My students teach me things every single day. Teaching rocks! Plus, a lifetime of summer breaks… what more could anyone ask for?!
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I very much enjoy experimenting with different teaching methods. I think it keeps things interesting for students, and definitely for myself! Sometimes I love what I try, and sometimes it doesn’t work out quite how I envisioned.
Trial and error is how we all get better, right? This is a lesson I often share with my students. Hint, hint: See my infamous ski photo 🙂
Mistakes are absolutely necessary to improving ourselves. Another focus of my teaching is having students apply what we learn in class to their own experiences in the “real world.” We practice these applications by using discussion forums and other class activities. One of my favorite parts of teaching is when I get to witness students’ “lightbulb moments” … when they are able to connect a new class concept to something that they’ve done or seen in real life!
Most people at Coastline don’t know that I’ve played professional indoor volleyball or that I currently play professional beach volleyball. I love the competition and using the sport as a way to stay active and healthy. P.S. I am not a huge fan of going to the gym!
I’ve also recently picked up some new hobbies like crocheting and crossword puzzles. I like to commit myself to trying a few new things every year. I find it a fun personal challenge. Last year, I took on ceramics and skiing. I am open to new ideas for 2020.
Attending college is such a rewarding life experience! If offers you a chance to personally improve, learn about things you have no prior knowledge of, and build relationships with tons of different types of people! With that, I have three tips I’d recommend to all college students:
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