About Ms. Maria

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My Mission

Cool School With Ms. Maria is an entertaining, educational program that promotes education in a fun, positive manner involving and interacting with local community children and beyond. 

My vision is to touch children's lives through television, music, video, and/or live performances interacting with them as they captivatingly watch or listen. Whether taping a video or performing live, children are my focus.  I want them to “fall in love” with education as it helps to improve the quality of their lives.

Maria Smith

Writer/Creator


Who is Ms. Maria?

Maria Smith is a veteran educator of 29 years.  She has two adult sons and in addition to being a mother and an educator, she has been entertaining and speaking for 15 years.  In her experience as a children's performer, speaker, and freelance writer, her publications include:

· Hidden Riddles; an activity book of rhymes and riddles published by Leadership Publishers in Des Moines, Iowa

·  “Dogs Are Kids’ Best Friends, Especially at the Dinner Table”; poem published by Meadowbrook Press as featured on their website,www.meadowbrookpress.com

·  “Welcome to Describeville”; play published by ECS in the magazine, R*W*T, The Magazine for Reading, Writing, and Thinking

· “The Proofread Kids”; play published by ECS in the magazine, R*W*T, The Magazine for Reading, Writing, and Thinking

· “The Synonym Antonym Play” published by ECS in the magazine, R*W*T, The Magazine for Reading, Writing, and Thinking

· Several teaching ideas published by The Education Center in The Mailbox Magazine

· Two personalized poems published by Creative Christian Publishers  

·  “Born to Teach” poem published by http://www.chalkdust-online.com

·   Mouldy Mummy Jokes by Top That Publishing Company 

·  The American Civil War: How and Why by Top That Publishing Company 

· “I Gave My Teacher a Present” poem published by Meadowbrook Press 

Credentials

· Veteran Educator of 29 years- Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Baylor University in Waco, Texas- Specialized in reading and kindergarten  

· Voted Deer Creek Elementary Teacher of the Year 2006-2007

· Recipient of Dillard’s Teacher of the Week Award in the Fort Worth Star Telegram Class Acts 1997

· Nominated for the Disney Teacher of the Year Award 2001, 2002, and 2003

· Who’s Who Among America's Teachers  

· Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities

· Elementary School Talent Show Producer

· Social Skills Teacher in Crowley, TX ISD summer school program  

· Speaker at various parent/educational organizations and children's entertainer- libraries, preschools, daycares, etc...

·  Presenter for SDE at the Second Grade Teacher’s Convention in Austin, TX in January of 2002

·  Wrote Christmas radio jingle for MIX 102.9 radio, Dallas, TX

·  Presenter for Erath County Summer Staff Development Conference 2002

·  President of Delta Kappa Gamma Society of Outstanding Women Educators- First Vice President of Iota Pi Chapter  

·  Performer at "Building a Nation of Readers, Artists, and Dreamers"- Waco, TX- 2004  and 2005

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