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Amanda, Teacher, Houston

 

★★★★★

I feel that I now have more freedom in my lessons to deviate and do what I need to do to make my students successful!

Amanda, Teacher, Houston

 

★★★★★

I loved learning about the "effect size" - explaining the importance of what we are doing in the classroom.

Tamara, Teacher, Houston

★★★★★

Mary Smith provided two half-day sessions to a team of 100+ technology professionals working for a large school district in Texas. Mary’s presentation was about how to “Live to Win.” Her unique style and engaging presentation materials offered stressed out technology staff a new perspective about how to balance their careers and lives. She provided excellent food for thought and offered stories and experiences that brought the information to life. Our staff loved her! It was one of the best trainings that I’ve attended in my 35-year career! Great Job

 

Frankie, Assistant Superintendent and Chief Technology Officer

★★★★★

 

I came to see Mary Smith because I was looking for more tools and tricks to motivate my students. During the session, I have set a goal to continue my education either in education or law.

Joleine, Teacher, Houston Texas

★★★★★

Mary is very inspiring and motivational! I am ready to meet my goals that I was inspired to set.

Dana, Teacher, Houston, Texas

★★★★★

I have been encouraged to get my masters and Ed.D. I started back in 2004, stopped to have surgery. Lost all my credits and have to start over, but I am encouraged! Thank you!

Tyron, Teacher, Houston, Texas

★★★★★

Very encouraging, and gives me the urge to change my thinking.

AT, Teacher, Houston, Texas

★★★★★

One skill that I learned was to change my mindset and the rest will follow. The goal that I have is to gain more confidence in my abilities!

Mari, Teacher, Houston, Texas

★★★★★

Thank you for giving clear steps to make my year more successful. I love how genuine you are! Best presentation at our conference.

Rebecca, Teacher, Houston, Texas

★★★★★

Mary was great! She is very relatable. Today's presentation gave me more motivation to be assertive with furthering my career.

Kristin, Teacher, Houston, Texas

★★★★★

Mary was very engaging in discussing the secrets to transformation. I'm learning with a specific plan that will help me achieve my goals!

Ryann, Teacher, Houston, Texas

★★★★★

This presentation gave me life! It truly tapped into reaffirming my purpose in life and an actual plan and solution on how to get there! The presenter was dynamic, honest, and relatable. I will most definitely make sure I attend this session again next year!

Sunshine, Teacher, Houston, Texas

★★★★★

Mary has a testimony in her story that will inspire and encourage others to speak their truth!

Crystal, Teacher, Houston, Texas

★★★★★

I love how Mary presents! It is so touching! She needs to write a book!

Kim, Teacher, Houston, Texas

★★★★★

I've worked with Mary in a classroom situation, and then as now, she tells you what you need to hear to be successful! I enjoy her humor and candor!

Susan, Teacher, Houston, Texas

★★★★★

The whole presentation, and especially your personal stories-all were wonderful!

Danna, Teacher, Houston, Texas

★★★★★

I loved and needed this workshop! The concept that resonated with me most is the idea that no matter where you are now, you can transform your life! I can set appropriate goals, and take action to implement new programs, like blended learning to transform my classroom for greater success. More importantly, I will be using this information to transform my personal life. Wonderful workshop!

Latrice, Teacher, Houston, Texas

★★★★★

 

Wow! What a privilege it was to hear Mary Smith present to CFISD for staff development. She mixes inspiration, knowledge, humor, passion, leadership and professionalism in her presentation. She reminds you that YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL!

Dana, Teacher, Houston, Texas

 

★★★★★

 

Mary does an excellent job of helping you understand from the employee's perspective. Not only does she provide the insight, she provides suggestions of how to build better relationships. 

Connie, Teacher Specialist, Houston Texas 

★★★★★

The workshop, Zombies in the Workplace, provided a new awareness for taking into account generational differences among staff members as well as ways to keep all generations highly engaged!

Lisa, Principal, Houston, Texas

 

★★★★★

 

I have had the opportunity to use the Texas 5th Grade Science Study Guide for our STAAR review this year. It has worked great with my students. We started 3 weeks before the STAAR using a TEK at a time and then I would pull several hands on activities to go with it. The students said that it really helped them to remember what they had learned earlier in the year. The vocabulary was great and was used to make sure we covered all the terms they would need on the STAAR. Having everything together in one book made it so much easier, so nothing was left out while reviewing. I would recommend this booklet for every 5th grade Science Teacher.

 

Gail, 5th Grade Teacher, Madisonville, Texas

★★★★★

 

“I had an opportunity to see Mary Smith present at two workshops at the RRR conference in Cypress, TX which included Zombies in the Workplace and Building a Better You.  I was impressed that a Zig Ziglar certified course was being offered to educators to encourage and motivate school educators since I am familiar with his work and how Zig has inspired millions of individuals to strive for self-actualization in both business and personal arenas.  Educators often empty their emotional buckets with all of the pressures of work as well as their own personal lives, and Mary acknowledged these challenges as well as normalized the feelings associated with such emotionally draining experiences and burnout with challenges faced within educational settings, and how to move beyond these challenges.  It was extremely refreshing to hear from an experienced, strong yet sensitive and empowering woman discuss her leadership, teaching, and personal experiences to encourage participants to self-reflect on their own practices, note real world struggles of educators within academic settings as well as personal factors that impact optimal performance within employment settings, as well as offer techniques and strategies to combat and overcome challenges with humor, compassion, and passion.  I truly enjoyed Mary's perspectives, knowledge, and wisdom.”

Dr. Caryn D. Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, Houston

★★★★★

If you have the chance to attend a presentation or seminar presented by Mary Smith, GO! I heard her speak on Building A Better You recently. She is funny, straightforward and will make you think- all in one presentation! Definitely a must attend!!

Carla V.  Assistant Principal, Houston

★★★★★

Mary has a unique ability to mix humor and professionalism into her training. I highly recommend attending her workshops.

Colleen B.  Middle School Teacher, Houston

★★★★★

Mary's background knowledge of science TEKS, knowledge of proven test strategies along with her charisma is an inspiration. I learned so much from her STEM session. She had hands-on activities with worksheets to help guide and engage students, reinforced that we teach student thinking; be the guide on the side, showed us how to lead with questions using Bloom's, manage the classroom, and handle student's behavior. She was a tremendous light and I appreciate her talent.

Jillian Levinson  Elementary Science Teacher, Houston

★★★★★

Mary's session on Building A Better You is exactly what I was looking for to strengthen my leadership skills.  This speech helped put into perspective the "why" behind my passions avoiding career burnout.  Thank you Educational Leadership Consultants.

Rodney G., Assistant Principal, Houston

★★★★★

Mary Smith was a breath of fresh air this week at CFISD staff development at The Berry Center in Cypress, TX. Her immensely entertaining presentation included hilarious yet heartfelt, personal stories that touched each person in the audience while giving them achievable steps to be successful. This presentation is not only applicable for educators but applicable for everyone! If you get the chance to see this Zig Ziglar certified speaker, make a bee line for the venue as all of her presentations this week were full!

 

Kristi M. Houston, TX

★★★★★

Knowing how valuable your time is,  this seasoned educator is here to tell you THIS LADY IS WORTH IT! Experienced, entertaining but most importantly, APPLICABLE. Whatever Mary gives you can be used not only in your professional life but personal as well! You have to experience it for yourself. Don't lose an opportunity to find a different direction to grow! 

Stephanie B., 5th Grade Self-Contained, Houston, TX 

★★★★★

A trainer for Zig Ziglar, Mary Smith delivered a dynamic self-motivation piece entitled, "Being the Best You". Her life experiences are woven through the fabric of this presentation with balanced doses of humor and humility. Make sure you don't miss an opportunity to see her in action.

Maureen F., Elementary Science Teacher, Houston, TX 

★★★★★

Our APICS Houston Chapter August Professional Development Meeting (PDM) featured Mary Smith, Owner of Educational Leadership Consultants, with her presentation on Building Winning Relationships. The presentation and group activities were fabulous. The discussion centered on Leadership and Communication, and is designed to teach each participant how to communicate and lead others effectively. Mary discussed the power of giving and receiving compliments, the four steps of building relationships, and how to give effective feedback.

Have attended many PDMs over the last 15+ years, I thought her presentation was definitely one of the best. Plus, I heard comments from others stating they really enjoyed both the content and interaction as well.

Eddie Whitfield, P.E., CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP, Houston, TX

★★★★★

Humor and wisdom make for a powerful combination and this describes Mary Smith to a T. I’ve known Mary for 13 years. She once gave me a piece of advice that I carry with me to this day. Teachers face a number of challenges that can be draining. Couple that with life’s challenges, and, well, sometimes teachers need a “personal trainer” – like Mary! Don’t pass up the opportunity to listen to Mary’s words of wisdom, and, of course, humor!

Lisa J., Special Education Teacher, Houston, TX 

★★★★★

Mary provides unique insight for educators or business leaders that want to improve their personal and professional image. I practice her self talk tips daily to remind me that I can make a difference in my students' lives. Mary's keen sense of humor and frankness keep you engaged in her workshop. Above all, her advice is practical! You can use it in any vocation. 

Karl D., Fourth Grade Teacher, Houston, TX

★★★★★

In today’s world of professional development, it seems practically everything is offered from online, to face-to-face, to hands on. However, even with great professional opportunities available, there is one major topic lacking and that is regarding taking care of our most important resources. We are often too worried about the next certification, or the next “new thing”, and we forget to take care of the single most important factor in a classroom (or any business frankly). We must take care of ourselves. We must take care of our spirit, drive, and passion. Mary Smith reminds us of exactly this as she uses humor, honesty, and real strategies you can implement daily to become the best YOU possible. Her workshops were full almost immediately at the last conference and with good reason. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this enlightening session and make an even bigger difference everyday!

Jenni C., Middle School Teacher, Houston, TX 

★★★★★

Your session has been the best this year.  I loved your sense of humor, wit, how you asked us to look into our souls, and most of all your knowledge of science.

Yolanda F., Elementary Science Lab Instructor, Houston, TX.

★★★★★

I learned a lot of new information and she had so many awesome hands-on activities that I can definitely use with my students!  Can't wait to put these new activities into motion in my classroom.

Courtney M., Fifth Grade Science Teacher, Navasota

★★★★★

I so enjoyed Mrs. Smith's science class-so much that-I immediately implemented her lesson the following week!  In fact, I signed up for two more workshops out of my own pocket-because her classes are so hands-on that it gives me a deeper understanding of kids perspectives and how their curiosity may be aroused. Mine was also aroused!

Sandra A., Third - Fifth Science Lab, Houston

★★★★★

Well worth the time away from school!  I am able to take great lessons back to my class that are fun, engaging and rigorous!  Mary is so passionate and knowledgeable in science I knew I was learning from a reliable source!  Such a beneficial experience!  My students and I thank you so much!

Evangelic S., Fifth Grade Teacher, Navasota

★★★★★

"I have seen Mary present the Zig Ziglar goal setting program twice and she does a great job. Mary brings a lot of personal experiences and stories to the presentation, which make it interesting and fun. Her educational background makes for a great learning experience, even if it doesn't feel like learning because she keeps the experience interactive."

Corinne Degreve, Global HR Business Partner, Houston

★★★★★

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