Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English Education Masters Degree in Special Education with Gifted Emphasis
Ms. Kristina Vail Orlando
Welcome to my website!
This is my 20th year teaching and my 3nd year at R.K. Smith Middle School. I earned both my undergraduate and graduate degrees in 1994 and 1996 from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.
Preserving authentic gifted programming in our schools and providing appropriate and effective educational experiences for my students is my goal as an educator. Working with my students is my passion!
Throughout the year we will work to develop thinking skills, affective skills, communication skills, research skills and independenent inquiry skills in all areas of the curriculum. We will also focus on developing students' accurate and increasing awareness of themselves, their abilities, and their value to society. We will accomplish those goals through our interaction and experience with the Guidebooks curriculum (thoughtfully and purposefully differentiated to meet the needs of gifted and advanced learners). Students will also participate in our Brown Service Learning project: “Community Cares: Eco Education, Senior Salutations & Literacy Learning."
"It is true that we shall not be able to reach perfection, but in our struggle toward it we shall strengthen our characters and give stability to our ideas, so that, whilst ever advancing calmly in the same direction, we shall be rendered capable of applying the faculties with which we have been gifted to the best possible account." -Confucius
It's going to be a GREAT year!