"Shannon’s passion for teaching, especially reading, is palpable.  Her ability to creep inside a child’s brain and find the best way to reach him or her is truly remarkable.  Learning with Shannon is exciting and fun.  Although her main love is working with children, she communicates her plan to parents in a way that everyone can be on the same page."

       Melinda Foley-Marsello
       Lower School Head
       Friends Academy, North Dartmouth, MA


"Shannon Smith is without a doubt one of the most brilliant, talented, inspiring, dedicated, professional, compassionate, self-reflective, and collegial educators that I have worked with over the course of my career.  A cracker jack teacher and experienced tutor, she reaches every child and facilitates their learning with expertise, clarity, excitement, and purpose.  She plans carefully, ideas and activities are presented in a coherent way, and she thoroughly assesses each student’s growth and progress.  She puts extra attention and effort into everything, and children are motivated and flourish under her care, achieving success in every dimension as a learner, community member, and individual.  Parents appreciate her outreach efforts and insightful reports, and they frequently report how pleased they are with her partnership and the exciting learning experiences that she created for their children."

       Paul Lindenmaier
       Head of School
       Berkshire Country Day, Stockbridge, MA




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