Fort Smith Adult Education secretary Donna Smith was named the Outstanding Paraprofessional of the Year by the Arkansas Association for Continuing Adult Education in Little Rock today. This prestigious award is given annually at the Arkansas Adult Education state-wide conference.
Donna has worked for the Fort Smith Schools for 27 years, and at theAdult Education Center since 2007. Known to her colleagues as “The Sheriff of AERIS,” Donna keeps tabs on a staff of 30-plus teachers and over 2000 students a year. Everyone knows that managing the AERIS database for a large program can be a daunting task. It takes someone with an eye for detail and a deep knowledge of adult education policies and practices to do it. Donna is a team player and happy to train teachers and staff alike in the ways of AERIS. In her role as Sheriff of AERIS, Donna enforces the law, keeps the peace, and protects the integrity of our data and program.
Besides being the most outstanding paraprofessional in the state, Donna is a mother of four, grandmother of six, and great-grandmother of two. Congratulations to Donna Smith on being named the AACAE Paraprofessional of the Year!