Dr. Shonta Smith

Dr. Shonta Smith

“The Essence of Education” Educator • Author • Professional Speaker • Coach

  • Dr. Shonta M. Smith         

    Dr. Shonta Smith is the “Essence of Education”. She has defied the odds. From the slums of inner city St. Louis, she knew early on that there was something more. Dr. Smith knew that life in and of itself was great. She knew that greatness was upon her and that it was her responsibility to be true to herself and do great things.

    Dr. Smith was blessed early on as she had the opportunity to participate in the voluntary desegregation program from 7th thru 12th grade. This experience allowed her to interact with various cultural groups and develop an appreciation for everyone’s cultural uniqueness. This opportunity set the foundation for Dr. Smith’s passion on culturally responsive teaching and resulted in the creation of Dr. Shonta Smith International LLC.

    The company provides services to professionals and institutions in the education field. The company’s mission is to help schools and institutions provide the highest quality education possible to youth and to help teachers, principals and other education professionals excel in their careers. The company offers a number of services including professional development seminars, student seminars, teacher mentoring programs, principal mentoring programs, career services, and consulting services.

    Dr. Smith is an Associate Professor in the Department of Elementary, Early and Special Education at Southeast Missouri State University. She has over 23 years of experience in education. Of those 23 years, 17 years have been at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She has been a teacher, team leader, department head, coach, administrative intern and principal with the St. Louis Public Schools, Normandy School District and the Ferguson-Florissant School District. The other 6 years have been at the collegiate level as an Adjunct Professor with Lindenwood University and Associate Professor with Southeast Missouri State University.

    Dr. Smith’s research interests are African Centered Rites of Passage Programs, Culturally Responsive Teaching, and Instructional Leadership.

    Dr. Smith received her Ed. D. Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from St. Louis University, M.Ed. Master of Education in Counseling from the University of Missouri St. Louis and B. S. Bachelor of Science in Education from Harris Stowe State University.

    Dr. Smith is passionate about educating communities. Her motto is “One Team – One Goal - One Band - One Sound”.

  • The Secrets to Success

    Moving from Good, To Great, To Phenomenal shows students how to build and implement a blueprint, identify their goals, specific strategies they needuse to meet their goals and how to execute their will.

    R.E.A.L. Talk 101

    Students share their story, develop their mission statement, vision, core values and learn the importance of a Realistic Approach, Realistic Expectations, Positive Attitude and Unconditional Love.

    Cultural Competence

    This is the Norm to prepare students for the ever-changing global society we live in. It teaches students how to recognize microaggressions, unconscious bias, unintentional racism and why being culturally competent is key.

    How Racist Are You

    This is a thought provoking experience. It makes every participant uncomfortable and empowers them to be the change they want to see. A transformational healing takes place as participants acknowledge their role in the systemic institution of racism, and work to develop a philosophical and practical mindset that supports diversity, equity and multicultural education.

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