History & Facts
Elizabeth Smith was born Mildred Elizabeth Nash on June 20, 1909, in Lillian, Texas, to Clay Calhoun and Nancy Nash. She went to school in MISD until graduation. Her parents died when she was 14 and her older sister Erma Nash raised her and eight other children. Later on she would go on to teach in the school named after her beloved sister.
Ms. Smith comes from two of Mansfield's historic families; her mother was from the Casstevens family, and her father was from the Nash family. Ms. Smith graduated from Mansfield High School in 1928 and graduated from North Texas Agricultural College in 1930. She also attended North Texas Teacher's College and began teaching in 1931.
Ms. Smith began her career as a second grade teacher, but soon switched to first grade. She taught first grade in Mansfield ISD until she retired in 1971.
"She wanted each child to be the best they could be," said Ann McWilliams, Ms. Smith's niece and former student. "Elizabeth Smith was a consumate teacher - she loved children, she loved learning, and she believed in taking responsibility for those in her charge," said McWilliams. "I do not believe anyone has ever cared more about not only getting the job done, but in doing it with dignity and real class."
Ms. Smith was known for teaching penmanship because of her beautiful handwriting. Parents wanted their children to be in her class so they could learn cursive writing from her. Her handwriting was so well known that Glenn Harmon, then principal of Nash Elementary, asked Ms. Smith to copy each teaher's lesson plan books so they would be legible.
Smith spent most of her life with the district as both a student and an educator. Her life was her students and her school. "The school was her career," said her daughter Mary Beth Madsen. "It was everything for her." Ms. Smith died Oct. 7, 1983 at the age of 74, but her legacy lives on at Elizabeth Smith Elementary School and in Mansfield ISD.
School Mascot - Stallions
School Colors - Red, Black, & White
Grades Taught - Pre-Kindergarten through 4th grade
Teacher/Student Ratio - 1:22
All students participate in a school-wide program that focuses on positive behavior and building strong character in our students. We have 6 teams based on our school name, E SMITH, each team has a color, symbol and academic or character trait meaning:
E: Executives (Red)
S: Scholars (Black)
M: Masterminds (Orange)
I: Innovators (Purple)
T: Trailblazers (Green)
H: Heroes (Blue)
- Every student will draw for a team and will remain in this team throughout his/her years at the Innovative Learning Academy at Elizabeth Smith Elementary. Teams will include students from all grade levels.
- Students will earn tickets/points by showing manners, respect, kindness, responsibility and good behavior.
Each six weeks, we will have a pep rally where students sit with their team and we will celebrate each other.
- We will focus on one character trait each 6 weeks. Character Counts class will focus on that trait. The student in each grade level who exemplifies the character trait will be recognized at the pep rally.
- 1st Six Weeks: Respect
- 2nd Six Weeks: Responsibility
- 3rd Six Weeks: Caring
- Students travel with their House Teams within each grade to Enrichment.
- Rewards and/or recognition for the winning team will be given weekly, at the end of the six weeks and at the end of the year.
Campus Vision 20/20 Goals
All teachers consistently provide learning opportunities that reach higher cognitive levels through the implementation of, “The 6 C’s of Learning” (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, character education, and citizenship) with a specific focus on collaboration and critical thinking.
ILA@ESE 2019-20 Goal:
Solidify our re-branding focus so that all teachers consistently provide learning opportunities that reach higher cognitive levels through intentional emphasis on collaboration and critical thinking.
Ensure instruction and student products are meeting or exceeding the district expectation: 60% of student work at high cognitive levels.
Teacher of the Year
Each year, a teacher on staff is chosen by his/her peers to represent the school as Teacher of the Year.
Candidates should be skillful, dedicated teachers who plan to actively continue classroom teaching. They should take an active role in their communities as well as their schools, and demonstrate professional poise and articulateness. The most important criterion in evaluating nominees is their ability to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities.
These criteria, provided by the national Council of Chief State School Officers, are used for both the state and national programs. The Teacher of the Year candidate should:
• be experts in their field who guide students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence
• collaborate with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success
• deliberately connect the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large
• demonstrate leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls that embodies lifelong learning
• express themselves in an engaging and articulate way
Congratulations to ILA@ESE Teachers of the Year:
2019-2020: Ana Mandujano
2018-2019: Michelle Gonzalez
2017-2018: Julie Plascencia
2016-2017: Tibitha Rhodes
2015-2016: Kelli Beasley