Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor's Degree Elementary Education University of Arizona
Mr. Hans Smerz
Welcome Students and Parents!
This is our class webpage for Mr. Smerz's 6th grade Language Arts classes. This website will be used for class assignments and events updates.
THIS IS CERTAINLY A UNIQUE TIME TO START SCHOOL FOR OBVIOUS REASONS. NEVERTHELESS, I AM SO HAPPY TO WORK WITH THESE 6TH GRADERS! We will begin learning remotely to best serve our students. The platforms that will be used are this webpage, TYLER SIS for grading and attendance, Google Classroom, Zoom for live lesson teaching each day, and possibly other technological assistance to help navigate this unprecedented time.
A little bit about me: I am a Tucson native, and I am in my 16th year teaching. I graduated from the University of Arizona, so I love our Wildcats and our Tucson community! All 3 of my three children have attended Wilson as students, one is still an 8th grader and my youngest will be in 1st grade! Wilson has been more than my professional home for 15 of those years. I look forward to working with another exciting group of 6th grade students.
Defining Moment in Education
As I recollect on my own education, I realize that not one moment defines me. It is the process that continues to this day that defines my education and hopefully that of many others. Mistakes and successes from elementary, middle school, high school, college, and professionally shape who I am and who I will be. Bad teachers and good teachers, and peers of all levels of abilities and backgrounds define my education. I believe that most importantly, I have not forgotten what it is like to be a student and a young person and my approach to education is to treat young and old with respect and high expectations.
Core Educational Beliefs
Challenge young people through meaningful learning experiences.
Develop work ethic and independence.
15 years of teaching - 4th, 5th, and 6th grade
Education Degrees & Certification
Bachelor's Degree, Elementary K-8 Education, University of Arizona
Additional Approved Areas: Middle Grades Language Arts