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What other educators say
Holy Rosary School, St. Mary’s, OH
Washington Township Elementary School, Valparaiso, IN
“This was the most helpful and interesting PD I have attended! I feel completely empowered to implement this in my classroom!”
Newport Intermediate School, Newport, KY
“Wonderful presentation of information. So engaging and relatable. Honestly, one of the best PDs in my 9 years of teaching. I can’t wait to roll this out to my students.”
Newport Primary School, Newport, KY
“Shona was wonderful. She was very informative. She used real-world examples from her previous experience. She was willing to answer any questions and was very positive. Fun day.”
Saint Vivian Catholic School, Cincinnati, OH
“Wow! I love Shona’s energy and passion for writing. I am loving teaching writing this year, and I already see so much growth in my students’ writing.”
Fairview Elementary, Richmond, IN
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.