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Dr. Shonta M. Smith

Associate Professor, Holmes Program Coordinator, University UI 100 Program Coordinator
Elementary Education

Office: Scully  313J


“I am ‘The Essence of Education’ This simply means by living, loving and enjoying my life I provide each individual that walks into my life with the opportunity to experience success by providing them a quality education.  My purpose is to inspire, encourage and motivate people to be the best they can be.” ~ Dr. Shonta Smith


  • Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, Saint Louis University
  • M.Ed. in Counseling, University of Missouri – St. Louis
  • B.S.E. Harris-Stowe State College


  • Missouri Teacher’s Cert. in Elementary Education 1-8, Language Arts 4-8, and Social Studies 4-8 (1994)
  • Missouri Principal’s Cert. In Elementary Education K – 8, Middle School Endorsement 5 – 9 (2002)
  • Missouri Superintendent’s Cert. K – 12 (2007)

Recent Publications

  • Nguyen, N., Lyons, C., Bohannon, R. L., Gunn, S., Smith, S.M. & Gelfer, J. (2017). Using Evidence Based Checklist To Teach and Evaluate Reading Comprehension: A Guide for K-5 Teachers and Administrators. The Oklahoma Reader, 53:1, 12 - 30.
  • Nguyen, N., Lyons, C., Rogers-Adkinson, D., Fridley, D., Bohannon, R. L, Gunn, S., & Smith, S.M. (2017). An alternative undergraduate teacher preparation program: A comprehensive one-to-one iPad initiative model. Journal of Education and Practice, 7:35, 149 - 160.

Recent Presentations

  • Smith, S. M. (October 2018). Culturally Responsive Teaching: How to Bridge the Cultural Disconnect. Presented at the 51st Annual Midwest Council School Social Work Regional Conference. St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Smith, S. M. (March 2017). Double Consciousness: Truly figuring out which me I am Suppose to Be. Presented at the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education National Conference. Raleigh, North, Carolina.
  • Nguyen, N., Bohannon, R. L., Gunn, S. & Smith, S. M. (March 2016). An Alternative Undergraduate Teacher Preparation Program: A Comprehensive One-to-One iPad Initiative Model. Presented at Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference. Savannah, Georgia.
  • Smith, S. M. (April 2015). Heighten the Academic Success of Black Students by Implementing Culturally Responsive Teaching and Universal Design for Learning. Presented at the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education National Conference. Charleston, South Carolina.


Scully 313
Dept. of Elem., Early & Special Edu.
One University Plaza, MS 5575
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701