Providing practical and realistic guidance
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
How to 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.
“Absolutely amazing! The growth in my students has been overwhelming, and the growth in my own teaching has been mind-blowing!”
Jenny Tudor, Teacher
Fairview Elementary School, Richmond, IN
“Shona is such an engaging presenter and is a wealth of knowledge. Our staff thoroughly enjoyed learning from her.”
Kathy Robinson, Assistant Superintendent of Learning
Community Consolidated District 181, Clarendon Hills, IL
“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.”
Gail Walker, Teacher
Saint Vivian Catholic School, Cincinnati, OH
“Shona is very passionate in what she does, and the planning she gave us makes me feel super confident in my writing lessons for the next year. Thank you so much!”
Erik Longenecker, Teacher
Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Indianapolis, IN
“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.”
Elizabeth Bravo, Teacher
Newport Primary School, Newport, KY
“Shona was absolutely amazing. I loved that she went into the classroom and showed exactly HOW to implement the lessons.”
Crystal Lembke, Teacher
Washington Township Elementary, Valparaiso, 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.
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