Mrs. Leslie Smith

Phone: (830) 357-4114


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science in Education from Texas Christian University Master's in Library Science from Texas Woman's University

Mrs. Leslie Smith

Hello! My name is Leslie Smith. I am excited to work with the wonderful staff and students at Van Raub Elementary! Teaching has been my passion for many years. I have taught first, second, third, and fifth grades, as well as working as a reading interventionist and a homebound teacher. My love of reading and books led me back to school to earn a Master's Degree in Library Science at Texas Woman's University. I strive to help students find a book or author that they look forward to reading! With the use of poetry, puppets, and Makerspace materials, I invite your children to come and explore the library and the great resources we offer. I sincerely hope your children will love their time in the library! This school year marks my fifth year as a school librarian, and my twenty-fifth year as an educator. When I am not at school, I enjoy reading, running, kayaking, skiing, traveling and camping with my husband (Kelly) and our grown children (Tyler, Travis, and Katelyn).     

  • Voyage to the Bunny Planet

    by Rosemary Wells Year Published: 2008

    Since we just had a visit from Rosemary Wells, I recommend this fun, colorful book about an imaginary place for our students in Kindergarten through second grade. If Ruby & Max make you smile, this book is a great choice!

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  • On the Blue Comet

    by Rosemary Wells Year Published: 2012

    For our third - fifth grade students, I would recommend this historical fiction book by Rosemary Wells that tells a tale about a famous train that travels the rails in the United Staes during the 1930's. Hop aboard and take a ride with protagonist, Oscar Ogilvie!

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  • The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

    by Stacy McAnulty Year Published: 2019

    Third, fourth, and fifth grade readers should check out this newly released novel (a Bluebonnet Book nominee) that shares the struggles of the protagonist as she tries to fit in at school with her peers. She is a brilliant math student with a kind heart. You will eagerly follow her adventure and find yourself cheering for her! I finished this great book over Thanksgiving, and I look forward to other books by this great author!

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