Huntington, WV Black History

L. Victoria Smith

Educator/Community Volunteer

L. Victoria Smith is a retired teacher from Cabell County public schools who taught more than 40 years in classroom in Cabell and Greenbrier counties.

Smith was born in Greenbrier County and was a first generation college graduate. She graduated from Greenbrier West High School and Marshall University.

In her 40-plus years of teaching, Smith touched thousands of lives by teaching more than just the curriculum. Her students credit her with encouraging them to become what God had created them to be. She was not afraid to show love and, without hesitation, would encourage students to challenge themselves for greatness. She is often approached by former students and parents who want to thank her for being a cheerleader in the lives of their children.

In addition to teaching, Smith provided leadership for the colleagues in her schools by acting as Coordinator for Professional Development, supervising student teachers, and lecturing at Marshall University College of Education and across West Virginia. She was the Cabell County Teacher of the year in 1995 and received the nationally-renowned Milken Educator Award in 1996.

During retirement, Smith and her husband are mentoring two students at the Explorer Academy in Huntington.

Smith also has been active in the Huntington community and church. She was a past president of the Hospice of Huntington Board of Directors, secretary for the Cabell Huntington Hospital Board and member of the West Virginia American Lung Association. She served on the Barnett Childcare Board of Directors, and volunteers at the A.D. Lewis Community Center and the Ebenezer Child Care Center. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Foundation for the Tri-State Community, St. Mary’s Medical Center and PROACT.  She is a member of the Board of Directors for Hospice of Huntington.

Smith is a charter member of the Eta Zeta Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority on Marshall University’s campus. She also is a member of First Baptist Church in Huntington where she currently serves as president of the Deaconess Ministry. She also has served as a trustee and president of the women’s and usher ministries. Smith believes her service to God is the foundation for the purpose of her teaching and reaching the children of this community.


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