Smith, Alyson

Alyson Smith

Progressive Education Program
Classroom Teacher

Alyson Grant

My name is Alyson Smith! I am currently in my second year of teaching and have been blessed to have spent both years at Estes Elementary in the Progressive Education Program. My love for PEP began when I was a freshman in high school at TC Roberson, where I took my first semester of peer tutoring in this program. I tutored and volunteered in the program for the next 3 years and, admittedly, couldn't be stopped from visiting the PEP classrooms during college breaks (Thanks Mrs. Carol Ray)! After obtaining my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Special Education, and certifications in Reading Education and Autism Spectrum Disorders, from Appalachian State University, I moved back home to Arden with a dream of working with elementary aged students in PEP. Thankfully those dreams have been fulfilled and surpassed, and I could not be more grateful to have the best job on earth. When I'm not at school, I enjoy traveling, Appalachian State Football, hiking, cooking, and spending time with my family. Thanks for welcoming me home and for trusting me in maximizing the potential of my favorite students in the world!

Our Classroom: In our classroom, we base our instruction on the TEACCH model. Visit for more information about how structured, routine oriented, learning is a successful strategy for our students. We learn best with predictable, hands on learning, and use a variety of communication outlets to promote student independence. During our down time, you can find our class socializing on the playground, dancing to KidzBop, or snacking on the treats that we make during cooking each week! 

Our Teacher Assistant Team: 

Ms. Alisha Minyard - Year 1 

Mrs. Ashley Masters - Year 4

Mrs. Rachel Rhodes - Year 4 

The amazing skill-set of our teacher assistants is what truly keeps our classroom growing and improving at a steady rate. They are eager to promote student development in all ways, at all times. We are so thankful for their combined knowledge in child development, health and wellness, parenting, behavior management, nursing, and design. We are proud to have strong relationships between each staff and student and we wouldn't trade this family for anything!