History major Jade Smith ’23 feels dreams are supported at Otterbein

Posted Nov 30, 2022

By Maggie Nicol ’25 

Senior Jade Smith has always been compelled to study history. So, her desire to be a history teacher in the public schools seemed like an easy choice to Smith. She also is driven by her yearning to make a difference in peoples’ lives.  

“I have always been fascinated by history, but I also profoundly appreciate learning and teaching,” Smith said. “So, becoming a social studies teacher was almost a no-brainer once I realized I could make a more significant impact on society by teaching instead of pursuing politics.” 

Smith has experienced teaching at Westerville North, where she was a student teacher for 11th and 12th grade students. She’s currently placed at Westerville Central High School, tutoring all grade levels. 

Jade Smith
Jade Smith ’23

“I feel supported and encouraged at Otterbein,” Smith said. “I have had amazing feedback and learned skills to help me accomplish my goals. I feel developed as an individual here.” 

Before coming to Otterbein, Smith attended Marietta College, then Columbus State, and transferred here in spring 2022. While at Columbus State, she earned her associate degree in communication. While studying, she found her love for history.  

“I wanted to be on a small campus surrounded by a community,” Smith said. “Otterbein’s location was ideal, and the program is excellent. I get so much joy out of helping others, and I want to make a difference in someone’s life one day.” 

After graduation, Smith hopes to get a teaching job and then enroll in graduate school for her master’s degree. After that, she plans to seek more professional development opportunities to get certified to teach advance placement courses.  

“I am a first-generation college student. When I applied, I was also a single mom supporting myself. Now, my family is growing and I am responsible for two bonus children as well. I knew I would have resources and assistance to continue my educational journey.”