Melanie Smith

Assistant Professor of Education

Melanie Smith began teaching at HLGU in the fall of 2014. Before accepting the position at HLGU, Smith spent two years as an elementary principal and ten years as a classroom teacher. “I was thrilled to make the move to Hannibal-LaGrange University,” said Smith. “I strongly believe in its purpose and mission. When I step in the classroom each day, I strive to help my HLGU students see how educating future generations involves a life of service and a daily opportunity for them to be an example of Jesus Christ within the school system.”

Outside the classroom, Smith enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her family. Smith is married to her husband Ryan and together they have two children, Hannah and Henry. Smith and her family reside in New London, MO, and attend Calvary Baptist Church in Hannibal, MO.

To prospective students, she says, “I would advise all prospective students to visit the beautiful HLGU campus and meet face-to-face with one of the professors in our education department. We love meeting prospective students!”


Educational Background

  • Doctoral Student in Curriculum and Instruction with a Language, Diversity & Literacy Studies Concentration, Texas Tech University, Present
  • Education Specialist in Administration, William Woods University, 2010
  • Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2003
  • Bachelor of Science in Education, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2002


  • International Literacy Association
  • Missouri State Teachers Association
  • Pi Lambda Theta
  • TTU Education Graduate Student Organization


  • Albee, J. J., & Smith, M. (2018, Spring). Best ways to engage with families. School and Community, p. 26- 32.