At age five, Shirleen L. Smith knew she wanted to be a teacher. She also enjoyed writing early on. Finally, in college, she was able to dive into literature and training for teachers. She loved every moment of twenty-seven years of classroom teaching. She gained a MA in administration and was a principal for ten years at a grade school of over 450 students. Those years of focusing on a small age and ability span were truly the highlight of her career.
She and her husband are now retired in the mountains of Colorado with two dogs and a mini-horse. She is the superintendent of children’s programs at her local church and is able to stay in touch with young children and their interests. She and her husband invite their grandchildren to spend summers with them. This helps them to “stay in touch,” and they believe it allows their grandchildren to realize and adopt many of their values.