Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
Dr. Melissa Smith holds a Doctorate in School Improvement with a Specialization in Reading Instruction. Dr. Smith currently teaches a Response to Intervention third grade class in a Title-One school. She also serves on Nathan Deal's School Turnaround Advisory Committee for the State of Georgia. Dr. Smith is a 2017 California Casualty Awardee for Teaching Excellence. This award recognizes 42 educators from across the county cited by their peers for their dedication to the profession, community engagement, professional development, attention to diversity, and advocacy for fellow educators. She was then chosen by an expert panel, in 2017, as one of five Horace Mann Awardees. Dr. Smith has also presented at numerous national conferences and has written professional development models used internationally. Dr. Smith's current research interests include reading strategies for at-risk students and culturally responsive teaching practices. She is also a Global Learning Fellow which explored culturally relevant and global education. This fellowship culminated in a trip to China to study China's educational model. At Walden University, Dr. Smith teaches courses in the Elementary Reading program.