Shelley Smith

Early Childhood and Elementary
Art Teacher


I was born and raised as a public school kid in Houston, TX, and moved to Katy, TX for middle and high school. I chose to attend the University of North Texas because of its excellent art school, even though I had acceptance to A&M! I knew I wanted to be a teacher because my mom was a teacher. I loved art, so art education was the perfect fit. I graduated with a BFA in 2002 and married a month later to my college sweetheart, Jon. It will be 20 years in January! Jon's parents, Dale and Anne Smith, founded CCA back in 1978, and he graduated from here with a class of only 10! CCA is such a blessing from God and the reason I providentially met my husband, Jon. My best friend, who came to my public high school in 9th grade, was one of Jon's classmates from Covenant, and she introduced us in college. I got my first teaching job at Midway Park Elementary in H.E.B. ISD and taught for three years but left teaching when I got pregnant. I had the privilege of staying home for seven years with my girls and would paint in my spare time. I am so grateful to be working at this amazing, classical Christian school alongside my girls, Jetta, a 10th grader, and Elena, a 7th grader. This January will be my 9th year at Covenant.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? MTV veejay

Why do you choose to work at CCA? My family's legacy brought my girls to school here; then I got offered a job when the position opened.

What is one fun fact about you? I have toe thumbs.

What is your favorite book of all time? The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

What is one thing that can instantly make your day better? Pop in visits from friends or chocolate!

What do you like to do for fun? Ballroom dance

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