Karen Smith joins us this year as our MYP and DP Chemistry teacher. A native of Missouri, Mrs. Smith has devoted her career to teaching Chemistry to all types of students, having taught in Honors, AP and IB programs. Mrs. Smith focuses on the learning of all different types of students and says that it is truly her passion to share her interest in Science and her love for learning. She sets high standards for all types of learners by establishing sustainable goals that challenge students to excel expectations. She knows that learning is not instantaneous - it is a process. Therefore, she works hard to discover ways to serve her students and provide a learning environment that promotes deep critical thinking and opportunities to explore academic content. Mrs. Smith looks forward to joining the Westlake Academy family, continuing to both grow as an educator and to learn more ways to facilitate the growth of young people.