Miranda Gillespie-Smith grew up in Redmond, Oregon at Reindeer Ranch outside of Redmond – also known as Operation Santa Claus. She received her Bachelors of Science in Health and Physical Education while playing softball at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. She also received her Masters of Arts in Teaching from ConcordiaUniversityand has been teaching for four years at South Medford High School (Medford, Oregon). Miranda is very accomplished, over the years she has taught English, Health, and PE. Miranda is the varsity softball coach as well. Miranda says, “I loved the area and was able to get a teaching and coaching job, so, we have stayed here ever since”. Her husband, Roger, is from South Carolina. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Communications from University of Maryland while in the United States Army (Paratrooper 82nd Airborne). The last place he was stationed was in Herlong,California. When he got out of the Army, he lived and worked in Reno, Nevada. Miranda says, “I met Roger six and a half years ago through a friend while on a road trip toReno. A year later he moved to Oregon, and in May of 2010 we got married.” Since moving to Oregon, he has worked as a supervisor at CDS Publications in Medford,OR.
On March 22nd, 2012, the Smith’s welcomed their little bundle of joy: Taela Reese Smith! Miranda says, “We LOVE to go to the coast and spend time on the beach, go camping, and pick blackberries, while rafting the Rogue River in the summer time. We also love to BBQ with friends and family when the weather starts to get nice. My teaching and coaching keeps us very busy, especially with our new bundle of joy, so, we also enjoy a weekend off with just the two (now three!) of us.”
Miranda says, “My parents have always gone to Giancarlo and he also did our taxes when we were growing up and in college. ZoomTax has worked with my family for years so it was an easy transition from a college student to an employed worker and married homeowner. Although he is located in Bend, and we live in Southern OregonI feel confident knowing my questions will be answered promptly and we can communicate over the phone or via email to get everything organized. I love how I send him paper work after paper work (jumbled and rubber banded…) and everything comes back in such an organized neat completed package!”