Meet Courtney

Known both for her enthusiasm and expertise, Courtney is a dynamic presenter whose practical strategies resonate with teachers across the K-12 spectrum.

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 Gordon is a dynamo! Her 14 years in the classroom have served her well. She understands the reality of classroom demands. I LOVE Smekens because they give you the tools you need to be successful.”
Heidi Tornquist, teacher at Elm Road Elementary School, Mishawaka, IN

  “Awesome job sharing a mini-lesson! I went straight back to my class and copied it right away before I forgot any parts! Really liked how it could be transferred to different writing activities.”
Katie Gawron, teacher at Ardmore Elementary School, Addison, IL

“Courtney is awesome! She could make a presentation about watching paint dry and it would be interesting and useful! She gives ideas you can implement in your classroom tomorrow.”
Amber Carver, teacher at Southeast Fountain Elementary School, Veedersburg, IN

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