WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – This week, Waterloo Christian School is celebrating a special milestone for a special teacher. Anjean Smits has taught at the school for 40 years, making her the longest-serving faculty member in the school’s history.
Smits, a Kindergarten teacher, has been teaching for a total of 47 years. She began her career in 1972 as a Kindergarten teacher at Omaha Christian Academy. In 1979, she moved to Waterloo and began teaching at Waterloo Christian, formerly known as Walnut Ridge Baptist Academy.
According to Waterloo Christian Head of School, Ryan Hall, Smit’s crazy class traditions, high expectations of students, and the Christ-like love she demonstrates to everyone as just a few of the reason Smits is so appreciated at the school. Smits was honored during a special school assembly Thursday.
“Miss Smits is a legend. She has the enthusiasm of someone brand new to the teaching field. She equips children with a rock-solid foundation and her smile is contagious,” said Hall.
Current and former students came to honor Smits at the assembly for the impact she has made on many lives over the years. A former parent, Bruce Nelson, described her as a real-life version of Mary Poppins.
”She makes everything magical. Students can’t help but fall in love with her kind and compassionate spirit,” said Nelson.
Margaret Becker, a current teacher, was one of Anjean’s students during her first year of teaching at Waterloo Christian.
“Her creativity is inspiring. She has a unique way of bringing life to any subject. To this day, I can remember several of her clever and engaging activities,” said Becker.
Smits says she is looking forward to welcoming her 48th class of students for the upcoming 2019-20 school year.
KWWL congratulates Anjean Smits on this milestone achievement.