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 17 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

· Graduate Student at Tarleton State University- Instructional Design and Technology

· Member of Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society

· Performer at various libraries across Texas including Fort Worth, Dallas, Henderson County, Whitney, Palestine, Honey Grove, Chico, Waco, Moody, Lago Vista, Texarkana, Southlake, Irving, Hughes Springs, Boyd, Longview, Chandler, Hillsboro,Seymour, Vernon, Ponder, Prosper, and more.

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