Sean Smith


Elementary Educator

Introspective and perceptive elementary educator with 7+ years of experience in international education focused on quality, exploring, collaborating, reflecting, learning, and serving a diverse background of international students, parents, and faculty.

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These are some concepts and tools I am exploring.


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Social & Emotional Learning

A fundamental component of learning that helps children and understand and process their emotions. Programs that we are comfortable with include Responsive Classroom and Second Step.

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National Geographic

National Geographic’s Geo-Inquiry Process is an instructional strategy that helps students develop the attitudes, skills, knowledge, and tools of a geographer. It provides a systematic way to investigate and understand the world through the patterns, processes, and interactions between human and natural systems, take action on issues they identify, and make a difference in their own communities. 

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The inquiry learning style is when teachers leverage learner's questions and curiosities towards small projects or activities.

Apple + Google Products

I am an Apple Teacher and work with Google daily in a variety of contexts with our community.

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Design Thinking

Design thinking (DT) is a process and method used to solve complex problems with a focus on students working with an end user. This method involves a process that consists of five phases: empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test.

An important component is empathy and reflecting on how to improve the end product for the other person.



SeeSaw is an application and program that allows students to record and share their work. In addition, parents and students are allowed to provide feedback as well.

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Third Culture Kids

In an increasingly interconnected global population, an understanding of the obstacles that Third Culture Kids (TCKs) or children who spend a majority of their life outside of their passport country face are important.


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The TCRWP ELA Program helps to inspire strong readers, writers, and inquiries.


A little bit about me and the strengths I bring to my community.



My CliftonStrengths

Intellection, Connectedness, Maximizer, Ideation, Input

These are the strengths I leverage to help others grow.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI)

These are my results for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) which shows how I interact with the world.


People who prefer Introversion tend to focus on
the inner world of ideas and impressions.


People who prefer Intuition tend to take in information
from patterns and the big picture and focus on future


People who prefer Feeling tend to make decisions
based primarily on values and on subjective
evaluation of person-centered concerns.


People who prefer Judging tend to like a planned
and organized approach to life and want to have
things settled.

Some touching notes from families I have worked with.


Dear Mr. David H.,

We write to you today to share our deepest gratitude for the support and encouragement shown to our son Madhav R. in Grade 5. This has deeply impacted him and in turn, made a huge difference to our family. 

Madhav was diagnosed with ADHD at the end of grade 3. This past year under the careful guidance of Mr. Sean Smith, Ms. Tzung Mei J., and Ms. Carin C. we have seen his attention rating scales resume to normal parameters. The medication that we were considering for ADHD has now been ruled out by his doctor Dr. Roby M.

Mr. Sean Smith's holistic approach to learning since the beginning of the year has contributed to Madhav emerging as a confident learner along with his awareness of emotional regulation. A child who was once apprehensive about math, now finds it one of his biggest strengths. He scored 97 and 100 in his last two math assignments.

Sometimes teachers go about their day being exceptionally committed and simply brilliant, not realizing how impactful the work they do can be, to both the children and their families. His behavior is seen as a limitation and not a choice and this has brought about a great change in him. Who needs medication when we have such wonderful teachers at SAS.

Parents, Sunanda J and Rahul R