educator Victoria Smith has
been mentoring teachers around the world for more than ten years.
She has touched the lives of thousands of teachers and students on
six continents, through the information shared on her KinderKorner Website, through
her KinderKorner Listserv, and through her workshops and conference
Victoria is known for her high-energy
presentations, as well as her
expertise in Emergent Literacy, Language Acquisition,
Differentiated Instruction, Multi-Age Education, and Integrated
Thematic Curriculum. In her workshops and professional
development seminars, she shares
innovative techniques, teaching strategies, and materials that
accelerate student learning and facilitate classroom management.
Victoria is passionate about working with young children and the people
who teach them, and she believes that the very best teachers are also
scientists and risk takers.
Using her classroom as a research lab to discover
what really works
with young learners, Victoria began developing curriculum and
instructional materials aligned with stringent state and national
academic standards. Through her participation in the California
Science Project, she further refined her teaching methods and materials
to integrate multiple forms of instructional technology, and to meet
the additional needs of second language learners in all subject
areas, using Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English.
Victoria is the author of more than two dozen teacher resource books,
hundreds of original songs and poems for young children, and nearly one
hundred reproducible books for emergent readers that are used in
English-speaking and Spanish-speaking classrooms around the world.
Victoria holds two California teaching
credentials – a multiple subject
for grades K through 12, and a single subject credential for
English/Language Arts. She has extensive experience teaching
kindergarten and first grade, and has also taught primary grade Special
Education, math and
science for fifth and sixth graders, physical education, parenting and
through her school district and local YWCA, and adult literacy,
reading, and ESL classes through her church. During her years as
a classroom teacher, she also filled the roles of
peer mentor, grade level chairperson, professional development trainer,
and site-based educational technology specialist.
Victoria is a member of the California
Kindergarten Association, the
California Reading Association, the NAEYC and CAEYC, the National
Kindergarten Alliance, the Central Coast Science Project, and Computer
Users in Education. Victoria and her husband Ray live in Central
California with their two sons, who are both in