Greg Smith, a science teacher at West Salem High School, was recently named a 2019 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science honoree!

After teaching his first 13 years at North Salem High School, Greg has taught at West Salem for the last 15 years, marking almost 30 years with Salem-Keizer Public Schools.

Greg takes on a heavy load, teaching Robotics Projects, Introduction to Computer Programming, Advanced Placement Computer Science and Advanced Computer Projects.

But that’s not all. Greg also coaches the VEX Robotics and SkillsUSA Mobile Robotics Technology competitive teams. His teams often advance to national and international levels.

It’s hard to believe that Greg has any spare time, but somehow, he has found a way to advise students who work with the Oregon Department of Transportation. He serves as a commissioner for Oregon VEX Robotics and hosts the Oregon VEX Idea Factory.

Greg recently said that receiving the Presidential Award is a monumental honor. He said he was humbled to be considered for this award knowing the outstanding educators that do not get this opportunity. He says that as a Presidential Award winner, he will continue to strive to help students succeed.

Congratulations, Greg. We are so thankful for all the hard work you do and proud to see you get this much deserved recognition!