Kristina Smekens

President & Lead Consultant

Kristina Smekens has built a reputation for using enthusiasm, humor, and common sense to equip K-12 educators with practical, demystifying strategies for teaching reading and writing.

As president and lead consultant for Smekens Education, she is constantly developing new strategies to help teachers meet the demands of today’s College and Career-Ready Standards.

Inspiring educators with strategies that are simple and effective

Kristina has a gift for making the complex seem simple—for showing teachers how to meet the needs of readers and writers by bridging the gap between education research and practical, classroom-tested strategies that work. When she presents at state and national conferences, teachers flock to her sessions because they know Kristina will share strategies they can use in their own classrooms the very next day.

Beyond providing teachers with practical classroom techniques, Kristina is also a master of motivation. By demonstrating enthusiasm for innovation, she helps educators find the encouragement they need to return to their classrooms and execute change.

How you can learn from Kristina

Driven by the desire to help teachers thrive and students succeed, Kristina is always creating new videos, lessons, articles, and workshops to share with educators.

Bring Kristina to your school

On-site training and consultations allow the entire staff to learn and grow together.

Watch Kristina's on-demand workshops

Take a deep dive into a single topic during one of Kristina’s 5-hour on-demand workshops.

Hire Kristina to lead a Keynote address

Always a crowd-pleaser, Kristina offers both substance and entertainment to groups of all sizes.

Schedule virtual training with Kristina

Subscribe to Kristina's video library

With more than 300 videos to choose from, Kristina’s strategies are available on-demand.

Purchase Kristina's original resources

You won’t break the bank with Smekens Originals—books, guides, and teaching tools created by Kristina.

Sign up for Teacher Tools

During the school year, Kristina shares free Teacher Tools that you can use to build stronger readers and writers.

Visit the Learning Center

Access hundreds of free articles, videos, and other resources for teaching reading and writing.

An accomplished author

Well known for offering innovative ideas, Kristina has created more than 50 “Smekens Originals,” a compilation of books, guides, and classroom tools designed to help teachers implement best-practice literacy strategies. Among her most popular resources are The Comprehension Playbook and Launching the Writer’s Workshop: Grades K-2 and Grades 3-12.

Beyond books and physical teacher tools, Kristina has also created a library of on-demand professional learning videos that are utilized by teachers around the world. With topics ranging from “Building Kid-Friendly Writing Rubrics” to “Achieving a Close Reading,” each of Kristina’s “webPD” videos uses a seminar-style format to capture her energy and enthusiasm while conveying her teacher-friendly ideas.

“Kristina knocked it out of the park once again! She does the research and then takes the information and creates a usable format for teachers. Everything a teacher needs to take this right into the classroom!!”

Ruth Wiley, Curriculum Supervisor

Beavercreek City Schools, Beavercreek, OH

“I glean MORE depth of knowledge every time I am in Kristina’s presence. Her expertise is at the top of the Literacy Food Chain and YET she is the only guru that SHOWS HOW explicitly. One-of-a-kind amongst other experts.”

Beth Mouw, Teacher 

Black Forest Elementary School, Oak Brook, IL

“Smekens conferences are designed & led with teachers as the focus. Kristina knows us, and her enthusiasm is catching. I love all the work & research that goes into sessions beforehand, so we know we’re getting the best of.”

Crystal Merrifield, Teacher

River Valley Middle School, Jeffersonville, IN

“Kristina is the QUEEN of making the invisible VISIBLE, and, more importantly, CONCRETE. She concretely teaches it to me so that I can teach my kids. I thought this year’s Retreat was career-changing!”
Heidi Tornquist, Teacher 
Elm Road Elementary School, Mishawaka, IN

“Kristina does such an outstanding job of getting everyone excited about such great strategies and makes sure that she introduces them in a way that makes them super practical and fun. Loved every minute!”

Candy Kramer, Principal

Sward School, Oak Lawn, IL

“Kristina is a master teacher and dynamic presenter. She’s organized and effective at sharing useful writing instruction tips & resources!”


Max Melgarejo, ELA Middle School Department Chair

Latin School of Chicago, Chicago, IL

An educator from the start

Kristina grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan where both of her parents fulfilled rewarding careers in teaching and school administration. From her early days playing teacher with her two siblings, Kristina has always been on a path to motivate and educate.

After earning her BA in English and education at Michigan State University, Kristina was an accomplished high school English and journalism teacher in Michigan and Indiana. A leader in state and national scholastic journalism endeavors, Kristina authored a journalism textbook and teachers’ guide for Walsworth Publishing in 2002.

Over the years, she has been blessed to work and learn with hundreds of schools and thousands of teachers around the globe. For her contributions to literacy in Indiana, specifically, Kristina was presented the Excellence in Reading Award by the Indiana State Reading Association in 2013.

Kristina lives in Warren, Indiana with her husband and business partner, Brady. Together, they have three young adult children who are pursuing careers in music, business, and education.

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