Certificate of Educational Supervision, 1998; Master of Arts, 1992, in History and English; Bachelor of Science Education, 1984, with English and History teaching fields. Melinda came first to the Dallas Institute as an Adjunct Instructor in 2016, left for a short while and returned to teach U. S. History in June, 2017, and is thrilled to be back home.
A proud Native Texan for at least seven generations, Melinda was a child bride and will celebrate her fiftieth anniversary in April 2018. She and her husband, Edward Jan Smith, have two grown sons and four grandchildren. Melinda had four brothers, two sons and a grandson before being blessed with the first of three granddaughters. Lily was the first Smith female to be born in 75 years.
As an educator for thirty-five years, she has taught Texas History, U.S. and Advanced Placement Government, World and U.S. History. She has twice been a Social Studies Consultant at Region 10 Educational Service Center, giving Professional Development workshops and writing on-line assessments which will come in helpful when she assumes direction of two on-line courses for the Institute. She also directed the Social Studies Department K-12 for Richardson ISD for eight years. Retiring in 2009, Melinda has worked on contract for Regions 10 and Thirteen. She has also supervised Student Teachers for the University of Texas at Dallas since 2011.
Melinda has spent years active in the Texas and National Councils for the Social Studies, served on the National Social Studies Supervisors Association, the educational sorority Delta Kappa Gamma and been active with Jan in the Dallas, Texas and American Diabetes Associations.