About Me/Contacto

Hello! My name is Danielle Smith, and I am so excited to be teaching kindergarten as part of the Camarena Team! This is my fourth year teaching kindergarten. Before that, I attended the University of San Diego (USD) for my undergraduate studies and my teaching credential. Then I took an east coast adventure, and  I studied at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for my Masters Degree. Although I loved the east coast,  I am happy to be back in the land of sunshine. 

 I grew up in Santa Clara, California, so I will forever be loyal to the 49ners and the Giants. Here are a few of my favorite things: I love the water. I swam on the USD swim team for two years, and I am still most content if I am by the beach, pool or lake. I love music. Those who know me well will tell you that I’m almost always singing my way through the day. I love to travel. Whenever we have a break, I usually book a flight to see friends or explore a new city. My next destination is Argentina where I will be working for three weeks this summer! 

Like many of the students in our class, Spanish is my second language! I have studied in Mexico City and Ensenada, and I also participated in a summer immersion program at the Middlebury Language School. I love the Spanish language and culture, and I truly value the opportunity for students to learn in a bilingual environment. Kindergarten dual immersion is a bit of a roller coaster ride- it can be challenging and emotional at first (for all of us!), but it is so worth it in the end. The students’ growth is truly incredible. So sit tight and enjoy the ride! 
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Room 306
(619) 591-5500 ext. 630306


1650 Exploration Falls Drive, Chula Vista, CA 91915 
Blog: camarenaelementary.com
(619) 591-5500

5 responses to “About Me/Contacto

  1. Liliana Charvel

    Our family is so excited to have you as our son’s teacher. Wow! A Harvard Masters! Hope Santiago follows your steps 😉

  2. George Mendoza

    Buenas noches, Señorita Smith.
    I am Allie Reyes’ grandfather. My daughter Joyce forwarded your email to me. Just finished reading your biography and educational background. I am highly impressed with them. My grand-daughter is really fortunate to have you as her teacher.

    George Mendoza

  3. My husband and I are so very excited for our son to be a part of your class. We look forward to his adventure with learning Spanish and making new friends!

  4. Feliz de que Giacobbe sea parte este ciclo escolar 2016-2017 con usted Srita. Smith. Increíble currículum, aparte de toda la preparación que tiene, es una masita muy dulce y paciente con los niños. Estamos a sus ordenes.

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