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Elizabeth Smith, M.Ed.

Adjunct Faculty in Education




Interest and areas of expertise

Expertise stems from experience in the primary classroom as a full-inclusion teacher, as well as the special education push-in/pull-out resource teacher who utilized co-teaching.

Interests: Special Education, Early Childhood Education, Multi-Modality Instruction


BS ELED, Concentration: HPE – Messiah College (2000)
M. Ed. Cross-Categorical SPED – Early Childhood Education – Northern Arizona University (2004)

Classes I teach
  • EDME 527: Positive Behavior Support
  • EDME 528: Infants, Toddlers and Families
  • EDME 551: Effective Practices for Every Learner

Upon graduation from Messiah College at the beginning of the millennium, my husband and I moved to Arizona to help plant a church that intentionally sought to be the hands and feet of Christ. My husband’s vocation as a pastor is very much a part of our lives as a family and I have always deeply felt that teaching is also a ministry. While in the southwest, I developed a deep passion for students that were hurting and needed someone to advocate for learning in a style that met their needs. Interactions with students and faculty led me directly to pursuing a graduate degree in Early Childhood Special Education.

God has taken me on a path in higher education that I never anticipated through a series of doors that opened without me seemingly even looking for a threshold to cross. When I am not teaching, you can find me with my family and most likely outside. I enjoy running, photography, music and reading historical fiction.