Board Bios

Beth Smith,

I grew up in Hillsborough, New Brunswick, which is 24 km south of Moncton.

I graduated from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton with a B.Ed. in Home Economics.

I answered an advertisement for a Home Economics teaching position in Leaf Rapids, Manitoba and began my teaching career there in January of 1984. I loved the North, especially the Northern Lights, but was interested in moving south. After 6 ½ years I moved to Winnipegosis where I stayed for 16 years.

During my years in Winnipegosis:

  • I earned my M.Ed. in Guidance and Counselling from Brandon University and took over the Guidance position at the Winnipegosis Collegiate. As well I continued to teach Home Economics.
  • I was the E.I.E. (Equality in Education) chairperson for our division. In 2000 I became a member of the M.T.S. E.I.E. Resource Team, later to be renamed T.A.C. (Teacher Action Cohorts).
  • Trained high school students as Peer Helpers and started a T.A.D.D. (Teens Against Drinking and Driving) group in our school.

In 2006 I wanted to move south again, so I relocated to Dauphin where I became the instructor of the Mountain View Adult Learning Centre. We offered the Mature Student Diploma program to adults. During that time I also taught E.A.L. (English as an Additional Language) to High School students who came to our division from other countries to study.

I have been a member of the D.A.R.T.A. (Dauphin Area Retired Teachers’ Association) since September, 2013.

I joined the R.T.A.M. board in November, 2014.


Retirement is a time of transitions. Throughout your career you belonged to the Manitoba Teachers’ Society (MTS), but upon retirement you are no longer a member. The Retired Teachers’ Association of Manitoba (RTAM) exists to serve retired teachers. We invite you to join the growing number of RTAM members and enjoy the benefits of belonging.

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