Adam Brian Smith, director of bands at Hillcrest High School, was named DISD 2010 – 2011 Teacher of the Year. Smith has served at Hillcrest since 2006, and is also the head coach of the girls softball team.
Under Smith’s direction, the band program has grown from 19 to 150 student members. Smith, a single parent of three children, said that giving students an exciting, quality music education is his vehicle of enticement for students to stay in school. He said he believes that the arts can help students become tenacious, team-oriented problem solvers who are confident and able to think creatively.
Smith’s students perform yearly at the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Rally, National “Say No to Drugs” Red Ribbon Campaign, and Capital One Bank Adolphus Children’s Parade. He also performs with the Park Cities Baptist Church orchestra, the Metropolitan Winds organization, volunteers for the Women’s community crisis center holiday food drive, and for other community groups and events.
For his service, Smith was given an engraved award and $5,000 by Superintendent of Schools Michael Hinojosa and Stephen Butt, senior vice president of the Central Market Division of H-E-B. Congrats teach!