About Smekens

About Smekens

Smekens Education Solutions, Inc. is a leading provider of staff development and professional resources to K-12 schools in the Midwest and beyond. Specializing in the areas of reading and writing, our training team is best known for showing teachers how to apply research-based literacy strategies in ways that are practical and effective. For more than a decade, Smekens Education has been supporting schools with customized on-site professional development and regional workshops.

On-demand professional development videos from webPD and online workshops makes Smekens strategies available to all educators.

Our online bookstore, The Literacy Store, features thousands of titles, including professional books, children's books, and other classroom resources.

Contact Brady Smekens, Director of Professional Development, to find out how Smekens Education can customize on-site solutions for your school or district.

Training Team

Kristina Smekens
Lead Consultant
Kristina is a highly sought after speaker and author who works with K-12 teachers sharing practical strategies for teaching writing, reading comprehension, and vocabulary development. She is a certified 6-Traits trainer and author of several books, including Launching the Writer's WorkshopThe Trait Mate6-Traits Starter Lessons, and the Writing Parent Pack. Her presentations have helped to motivate teachers for more than 10 years.
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Courtney Gordon
Literacy Consultant
Courtney taps into her own classroom experience as a middle school language arts teacher as she guides K-12 teachers toward effective instruction in reading and writing. She provides customized on-site support to schools throughout the Midwest and has helped thousands of teachers apply research-based strategies in their classrooms. Courtney is a dynamic presenter whose practical strategies resonate with teachers across the K-12 spectrum.
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Kristi McCullough
Literacy Consultant
Kristi wore many hats in public schools for 13 years before joining Smekens Education full time. Her training as a Reading Recovery® teacher and Literacy Coordinator allows Kristi to offer classroom teachers practical ideas that are rooted in research. Kristi is passionate about helping teachers implement a balanced literacy approach focused on real-life, purposeful literacy activities that result in improved student achievement.
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