Portrait Mary SmithMary Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Education
Division of Education
Email: msmith2@chaminade.edu
Phone: (808) 735-4833


Introduction to Exceptional Children, Special Education Language Arts, Special Education Student Teaching Seminar, Elementary Student Teaching Seminar, Mild and Moderate Disabilities


Dr. Mary E. Smith, Professor of Special Education received her B.A. in English from Fairfield University, Connecticut, M.S. Special Education from Wagner College, NY and her PhD in Elementary Education from University of Virginia. Her background in education is varied and extensive. She is a certified Montessori teacher and has worked in both private and public Montessori schools in New York and Maryland. Dr. Smith has worked in the special education field, working at the Lab School of Washington, DC. and in public schools in Hawaii.She has collaborated on research endeavors with the Virginia Department of Education, Albemarle County, VA and the University of Virginia. At Chaminade, Dr. Smith is a member of the Education Advisory Committee and assists with the special education program. Professional interests include teacher education, early intervention for at-risk students, learning disabilities and differentiation.

Additional Training

  • Wilson Reading Language Training
  • Mel Levine’s’ Understanding and Managing Differences in Learning: A Neuron-developmental View and Approach

Academic Degrees

Ph.D. Elementary Education, University of Virginia
M.S. Special Education, Wagner College
B.A. English, Fairfield University
A.M.S. American Montessori Society Certification

Service to the Profession

  • Council of Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • International Dyslexia Association (IDA)