BY TAYLOR DESMOND
On the walls of Room 44, the 1965 Carmel High varsity letter of math teacher Andrea Smith’s father-in-law hangs as the sole redecoration during her short time at CHS.
A former actuary of nearly 10 years, Smith decided it was about time for a career change and soon found herself at Mercy High School, an all-girls Catholic school in Burlingame, where she spent six years living with her husband and two daughters.
“My greatest takeaway from my experience at Mercy High is [figuring out] that teaching is the career I am meant for,” Smith says.
Upon receiving the job after CHS math teacher Dawn Hatch went on sabbatical, she now stays at her family cabin in San Clemente Rancho, where knitting and photography have earned a special place in her heart.
The most difficult part for Smith during her time here is falling in love with the school and having to leave after Hatch’s year-long sabbatical has ended. She hopes that the school will decide on needing a new math teacher on campus, each of her classes already being around 30 students each.
Smith is enjoying her year so far and making adjustments to lesson plans so Hatch can have an easy transition back into her teaching career.