Cherilyn Smith

Cherilyn Smith

ELA Teacher & Secondary ELA Curriculum Designer


Voicemail: (303) 982-4985


  • English Language Arts, Grade 9

Click on ELA 9 Syllabus to access course expectations. (Infographic)

Click on ELA 9 Schedule to access outline of daily explorations and classroom-based assessment calendar. 

Join Ms. Smith's ELA 9 Block 6 Google Classroom by going to Code: pk0bwm

Bio (Infographic)
In addition to being an English Language Arts teacher and a Secondary English Language Arts Curriculum Designer, enjoying the privilege of learning with students and teachers throughout Jefferson County Public Schools to develop and refine Jeffco’s Secondary ELA curriculum, I am an avid reader with a current preference toward historical fiction and narrative nonfiction. My passion for these genres have inspired and focused my writing. For the last couple of years, I have been researching my maternal grandmother's childhood, using this research to write a series of short stories, imagining the joys and sorrows she and her family experienced as they moved westward from Cherokee County Iowa to Lucky Strike Alberta, Canada to the high plains of Eastern Colorado near Arriba.

When I'm not working alongside Jeffco's students and teachers or reading and writing, you can find me delighting in the faithful companionship of my 7 year-old Bichon puppy, Libertee Belle. Libertee and I love to hike along the Hogbacks as well as the trails around Estes Park. She along with my parents join me every spring and summer on long and short road trips to take in a variety of unfamiliar places and phenomena. I also adore spending time with my nieces and nephews around the "camp" fire listening to their tales - especially the tall ones.

Education & Credentials

  • Bachelor of Arts: Elementary Education, University of Wyoming, 1994
  • Master of Arts: English Composition and Rhetoric, University of Colorado Denver, 2005
  • CDE Professional Teacher License: K-6 Elementary Education & 7-12 English Language Arts


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