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L.R. Smith, with 40 years as a history teacher at The Webb School, was recognized by The Webb School Parents' Association with the 2017 WSPA Faculty Enrichment Award. Amy Norris, WSPA co-president, presented the award at the opening of school recognition dinner on Aug. 9.
The Faculty Enrichment Award is presented annually to an outstanding member of the teaching faculty who has taught at The Webb School for at least three years. Students and families cast votes to select the recipient.
Smith expressed appreciation for the award and added, "It really belongs to the entire faculty." Following the award presentation, he paraphrased a comment about teaching French often shared by his wife, Moira Smith, Webb Foreign Language Department chair and French teacher. "There's nothing in the world I'd rather do than to go up that hill every day and teach history at The Webb School."
Smith teaches part-time as the instructor of history and ethics classes, is chapel director and serves as assistant coach for the trap and skeet team. He began the clay target program as sponsor in the 1980s and gifted the Faculty Enrichment Award stipend to the program. Also during his tenure at Webb, he served as Honor Council advisor for more than 30 years. Smith received a B.A. from Guilford College and M.A. from University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
Several other awards were presented at the annual event by Ray Broadhead, head of school. Those recognized and their number of service years included Dorothy Elkins, Alumni and Development research assistant, 60 years; Alyce Allen, Alumni and Development database coordinator; Ruth Cordell, Speech and Theatre Teacher, Theatre Director, Cindy Cox, associate manager of business operations; Hannah Little, library director; Kelly Northrup, Latin teacher; and Kelvin Nunley, maintenance staff, 10 years; Neil Barrett, English teacher; Daiva Berzinskas, Director of International Programs and English Language Learner teacher; Riley Cook, maintenance staff; Coy Corbin, bus driver; Adam Feldbruegge, Science Department chair, science teacher; Jason Joslin, maintenance staff; and Matt Wilson, Alumni and Development director, five years.