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  Fritzi Smith is an educator with a BA degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education.  Her teaching background has been in various capacities from young children through adults.  She has taught in public and private schools and homeschooled her two sons, ages 27 and 18 from early childhood.  She is owner of her own business (since 1982) in personal improvement and image consulting, giving seminars and private consultations for young people as well as adults.  She takes great joy in ministering to and encouraging women in the roles to which God has called them to equip them for success in every area of their lives. 

Summary of Qualifications

  • Over 35 years of teaching experience in both public and private education
  • Major strengths in teaching, ministering, mentoring, leadership, and planning/organizing
  • Career path reflects commitment to God, family, and service within the body of Christ and within the broadly defined "community" today

Teaching Experience

2006 - Present      Kindergarten Teacher, Living Word Academy, West County                                                      Community Church

1985 - 2006           Pre-school Teacher, Heritage Farm Pre-school (Note:  In that time period,
                            there was an occasional sabbatical when school was closed)

1999 - 2000           Instructor, Parkway Summer School Kid's cooking class                                                            (also designed and developed the course material for elementary grades)

1983 - 1993           Image related guest-speaker in Rockwood Junior High and High School classes

1982 - 1985           Pre-school Teacher, West County Pre-school

1980 - 1981           Teacher, Summer Day Camp, Parkway School District

1979 - 1981           Kindergarten Teacher, Rockwood School District

1978 - 1979           Practicum / Volunteer work for Kindergarten experience,
                            Chesterfield Elementary, Rockwood School District

1979                     Student Teacher, Parkway

1975 - 1978           Pre-school Teacher, West County Pre-School

1969 - 1974           Sunday School Teacher, Bethel Church

Additional Teaching Responsibilities

Also taught on a volunteer basis at:

West County Assembly of God, Victory Fellowship, Grace Church, Grace Christian School, Rockwood Harvest Church, and Heritage Farm fellowship

Assisted with other classes:

Bible Study Fellowship, public school student groups, home school classes, and students in private Christian schools

Home-Based Business Experience

1996 - Present       Independent Sales Consultant - Arbonne, International

1985 - 2005           Instructor, Time Management Class; Home Organization
                           Consulting - Personal Priorities (my company)

1986/7 - 1993        Color and Image Consultant - Karla Jordan Kollections

1982 - 2006           Color and Image Consultant, Instructor, and Corporate 
                            Trainer - Beauty for All Seasons / Man for All Seasons

1969 - 1977           Horseback Riding Instructor (Hunt seat equitation) - 
                            Freelance

Home Schooling Experience

1985 - 2000           Home educated our son Nathaniel, who is now a senior at the United States Air
                            Force Academy (an honor student who has held top leadership positions 
                            and is captain of the  AFA Falcons Fencing Team)

1994 - Present      Home educated our son Ethan, now age 16, from preschool through high
                           school (soon to complete high school requirements
)

Professional Offices/Service

Ongoing                  Bible Study Leader / Public Speaker

Ongoing                  Facilitator, Cleansing Ministry (women's class)

2001 - 2005             Ladies' Ministry Leader, Rockwood Harvest Church

1998 - 2000            Chairman, West County Christian Women's Club (serving approximately 150
                              in ministry outreach)

Mid-1990s              President, Missouri Baptist College Alumni Association (for several years)

1989 - 1994           Co-Leader (with spouse), West County Christian Home Educators 
                            (serving 300+ families)

Freelance Basis     Consultant and Author/Contributor for a number of home school publications

Project Basis         Consulting on Time Management, Child Training, and Home Education Topics
                             (public speaker, and individual mentoring)

Other Affiliations

Former member     S.H.A.R.E., a Christian home schooling organization

Former member     West County Christian Home Educators, a Christian home schooling support group

Education

1973 - 1979           B.A., Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education

                            Missouri Baptist College

1975 - 1977           Undergraduate Studies - Elementary and Early Childhood Education

                            University of Missouri, St. Louis

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