Providing Practical and Realistic Guidance

Don’t be fooled by Shona Lansdell’s soft spoken demeanor. This professional development dynamo packs a punch with crowds of all sizes as she motivates educators to apply best-practice literacy strategies.
Always approachable and empathetic, Shona taps into her 25 years of experience as a teacher, coach, and building leader to offer practical and realistic guidance to teachers.


The Perfect Fit

Shona’s expert knowledge of best-practice literacy strategies, along with her rich history of providing side-by-side support to teachers, allows her to fully customize the on-site professional development she provides to schools.
While the academic standards always serve as the anchor for strategies and ideas shared with teachers, Shona then works to meet teachers where they are. From there, she provides practical, next-step guidance for improving instruction and student achievement in reading and writing.

What other educators say

“Shona was absolutely amazing. I loved that she went into the classroom and showed exactly HOW to implement the lessons.”
Crystal Lembke, teacher at Washington Township Elementary School, Valparaiso, IN

  “A shift in paradigm is needed in my little school to get ALL focused on the process, not the end product of writing. Smekens is providing this for us. Shona has been a very great resource already.”
Lora Krugh, principal at Holy Rosary Catholic School, St. Mary's, OH

“The handouts were super helpful! I can take what I learned today and apply it right away in my classroom!”
Nicole McClure, teacher at Rolling Prairie Elementary School, Rolling Prairie, IN


Always growing

Never ready to rest on her laurels, Shona Lansdell is a driven educator who’s chief motivation is to help teachers and students learn and grow.
Shona’s love of learning (and an opportunity to run on the cross country team) is what led her to Ball State University to pursue her BA in Elementary Education. After she had a decade of classroom experience and three children under her belt, Shona earned her Master’s Degree in School Administration from Indiana University.
Before joining the Smekens team of literacy consultants, Shona dedicated more than 20 years to the students and teachers at Perry Township Schools in Indianapolis. In this diverse urban district, she taught a variety of grades and subjects, served on committees, led building-level professional development, and helped to launch a district-wide initiative on Trauma-Informed Schools.
In her role as a literacy consultant with Smekens Education, Shona offers professional development for teachers through on-site school visits, virtual training, and remote coaching.
She and her husband, Joseph, live in Greenwood, IN where they enjoy spending time with their three young-adult children and their silky Maltese named Penny.

How do I start learning from Shona?

Working alongside teachers in their own school is how Shona spends the bulk of her time. Whether she’s fostering conversations with small groups of teachers or leading sessions with the entire staff, Shona always leaves educators confident and ready to implement new ideas.

Smekens Education Consultant Shona Lansdell

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