• Genevieve Smart

    Teacher

     

                After graduating in 1943 from Cortland State Teachers College, Genevieve went to teach 1st – 12th grade at Naples Central School. While there, she carried on a very full and rewarding program. She was chosen Junior Class Advisor and the next year chaperoned their senior trip to New York City. In 1946, she had the yearbook dedicated to her. In the autumn of 1946 she came to Lyons where she taught 1st through 12th grade until June of 1950. Besides her classes she worked with the cheerleaders, Tumbling Club, intramurals, and play days with the schools. Organized teams started in 1971 under the guidance of Mary Lou Wheat.

                In late spring of 1960 Genevieve came back to teach grades one through six. She finished her graduate work mostly at Hobart and Ithaca colleges. Genevieve enjoyed sixteen years working with Lee Boice. Along with Lee, she enjoyed working with student teachers from Brockport and Cortland. Two of them were very outstanding, Jean Lyon, who went on to teach at Sodus, and Ron Vitticore, who went on to teach at Clyde and became football coach and had several other positions. Both Gen and Lee carried on a very fun and rewarding time with the boys and girls. Besides teaching, she helped with intramurals, All-State games, cheerleading, tumbling, physical education programs for parents, and field days. After retirement in 1976, she came back for two years to help with the play days, managing the jump pit.

                Genevieve is proud of all the girls who decided to go into physical education. Three of them have already been inducted into the Hall of Fame. They have accomplished so much. Those twenty-three years have always meant a great deal to her, to know that she had a great deal of influence in the shaping of their lives.

                Genevieve has been an active member of the Lyons United Methodist Church for nearly sixty years. She still sings in the choir.

                Genevieve met her husband in Tom in 1945 and they were married in the summer of 1948. Genevieve was married to Tom for almost fifty-eight years when he passed away in 2006. They were very proud of their two sons David and his wife Debby and Timothy and his daughter Grace.