The Yale University Office of Undergraduate Admissions has announced that Laurie Smith, a teacher at the Osceola County School for the Arts (OSCA), has been selected as a recipient of the 2018 Yale Educator Award. This award recognizes educators from around the world who inspire and support their students to perform at high levels and to achieve excellence. Out of this year’s 371 nominees, who represent 42 U.S. states and 12 countries, Ms. Smith is among 59 teachers and 28 counselors selected for the award.
Students entering the Yale Class of 2022 were asked to nominate outstanding educators who have deeply impacted their lives. Ms. Smith was nominated for the award by Jose Garcia, OSCA’s 2018 Valedictorian, and then selected as a winner by a committee at the university. The Yale Admissions Office attributes the exceptional quality of the Yale student body to educators like Ms. Smith, who shape their students long before they attend Yale.