Curtis Smith

Freelance Blog Writer & Presentation Designer

Location:United States
2 Skills
Curtis Smith

Accomplished Author and Writer with International Experience, Advanced Degrees, and Prestigious Awards

Experienced educator with strong skills in multiculturalism, science and technology, curriculum development, leadership, and planning looking for opportunities.

Specialties: Curriculum Development, Technical and Scientific Writing, Editing, Presentations, Travel Writing, Global Issues, Environmental Education, Science Education, STEM Fields, K-12 Education, International Education, Faculty Development, Assessment Writing, Thesis and Dissertation Help.


Center Dean at DeVry University
April 2012 -Present (1 year 1 month)
I lead a team of professionals who are committed to helping students achieve their goals. My guiding philosophy is to promote student success and the improvement of our community through higher education while helping our university grow, evolve, and improve in all functional areas. I balance an education and entrepreneurial ethos so that all stakeholders are served.
*Supervise admissions, financial aid, academics and operations of the center. *Responsible for overseeing and managing faculty and classroom resources. *Responsible for training staff in all functional areas. *Ensure academic progress, persistence and customer satisfaction of student population. *Responsible for the profit and loss of revenue for the center. *Maintain the campus physical plant. *Search for an promote local marketing opportunities.
4 recommendations available upon request

Educator and Curriculum Developer at Marian Baker School
August 2010 -August 2011 (1 year 1 month)
Taught and developed curriculum for: Advanced Placement Biology Advanced Placement Chemistry Honors Chemistry Middle School Science

Educator at International School of Frankfurt
August 2009 -June 2010 (11 months)
Taught and developed curriculum for: IB Biology IB Chemistry IGCSE Biology IGCSE Chemistry Middle School Science

Educator at Brooke Weston Academy
August 2008 -May 2009 (10 months)
Taught and developed curriculum for: IGCSE Science

Director of Education at Kaplan College
December 2007 -July 2008 (8 months)
Increased enrollment by 50% through marketing, student retention, and school expansion. Oversaw the implementation of new certificate and degree programs. Oversaw the build-out of new campus facilities under time and budget. Achieved re-accreditation by national accreditation agency Recruited, hired, trained and supervised a staff and faculty of over 40 persons. Evaluated and supervised school curriculum.

Campus President at Cambridge College
June 2006 -December 2007 (1 year 7 months)
Increased enrollment by 200% Developed and maintained the annual fiscal budget Oversaw the re-accreditation of the school by a national accreditation agency Recruited, hired, trained and supervised a staff and faculty of over 25 persons. Crafted and delivered weekly, monthly, and annual reports to home office

Educator at Washington State Public Schools
August 2003 -June 2006 (2 years 11 months)
Taught and developed curricula and materials
Member of the District's Culminating Project Committee
Member of the Healthy School's Committee
Washington State Science Fair Judge

Educator and Curriculum Developer at California State Public Schools
August 1995 -June 2003 (7 years 11 months)
Taught and developed curricula and materials California State Science Curriculum Development Team
Mentor Teacher for County Mentoring Program
Certificated Counselor for adolescents
Science Department Chair
Member of School's Leadership Team
Member of the School Site Council

Officer at US Navy
August 1988 -June 1995 (6 years 11 months)
Various leadership duties around the world.


The Wild Smithberrys
May 1, 2007 Authors: Curtis Smith
Travel Blog

Camp Latieze Outdoor Education Camp
Shasta County Office of Education August 17, 2000 Authors: Curtis Smith
Science Education Curriculum

River of Change
Amazon January 9, 2013 Authors: Curtis Smith
A comprehensive book on the historic, scientific, and cultural aspects of the largest dam removal project in the world near Port Angeles, Washington

State Teaching Certification
State of Washington

Volunteer Experience
Member at Rotary International Member at Bellevue Chamber of Commerce

English Spanish French

Walden University
Ph.D., Education, 2007 -2012
Excelsior College
M.S., Natural Sciences, 2003 -2006
National University
M.Ed., Education, 1995 -1999
State University of New York at Albany
B.S., Biology, 1991 -1995

Honors and Awards
Certificate of Appreciation from the Mayor of San Bernardino (1998)
Graduate of the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Tolerance (1999)
Twice Nominated by Rotary Club International for Teaching Ethical Values (1998/1999)
Nominated for 'Golden Apple' Award -District Teacher of the Year (1999)
Teacher of the Month -Enterprise High School (May 2000)
Northern California GATE Teacher of the Year (2001)
Shasta County Superintendent's Star Award (2001)
U.S. Navy Achievement Medal
Member Kappa Delta Pi (National Teachers Honors Society)
Who’s Who Among American High School Teachers

Kayaking, Hiking, Camping, Motorcycles, Travel, Fishing, Martial Arts

"I was the HRBP at DeVry when we were searching for candidates to fill the senior leadership role at our high-potential, high-profile location in Bellevue Washington. Several things made Curtis standout both during the interveiw process and as the head of that location. His passion for education, his professionalism, brainpower, willingness to do whatever needed to be done, and his strong desire to ensure that everyone and everything around him succeeded helped then, and is helping now, to make that location a stand-out in the system. Curtis is the type of professional that all us HR people would like to clone! Rick"
— Rick Seter MBA SPHR, HR Business Partner, DeVry University, worked with Curtis at DeVry University

"Curtis has demonstrated strong leadership abilities since day one on the job. He is a dedicated, hard working professional who works tirelessly to ensure that his students and staff are supported and encouraged. Curtis is constantly leading and developing new and creative programs, events and outreach activities for DeVry University's Bellevue Center and the Seattle Metro at large. His extensive experience and expertise in domestic and international student affairs shines in his day to day interactions with our various academic departments and Bellevue Center students from all over the world. It has truly been a pleasure to work with Curtis as my colleague and manager."
— Sarah Heier, Senior Admissions Advisor, DeVry University, worked indirectly for Curtis at DeVry University

"Exceptional leader, Educator and Mentor. Curtis helped me to develope my skills as a leader and educator while at Sanford Brown he was an excellent person to work with and he taught me alot. Now as the Associate Academic Dean at Concorde Career College I was able to put those skills that he taught me about leadership, and striving to be the best into action. He was an outstanding Director at Sanford Brown and I am glad to give him this recommendation."
— Troy Best, Adjunct Professor Onground/online, Various Colleges, reported to Curtis at Sanford Brown College

"Curtis is a detail oriented leader who has the ability to watch the bottom line without losing sight of whats important. He builds trust and relationships with those around him and makes decisions that will drive production over the long haul. Curtis runs a tight ship, but he knows how to have fun and build a tightly knit high performing team in a very short amount of time."
— Brad Trnavsky, MBA, Director of Admissions, DeVry University, reported to Curtis at DeVry University

"Curtis was well-known in the Academy as an excellent, caring instructor. He consistently went above expectations and maintained effective, upstanding relationships with students and colleagues alike."
— William Kruppa, Mathematics Teacher, Brooke Weston CTC, worked with Curtis at Brooke Weston Academy

"Curtis Smith gave me the opportunity to become a program chair for Kaplan College. Within 4 months I was promoted to Director of Education. Curtis was the person that made the campus very successful when it came to retaining students, increased attendance, and selecting quality instructors. With Curtis' initial leadership and guidence, the campus remained on course with great retention of students after his departure. Curtis has a huge passion for education and it shows."
— Kurt Ikemeier, Criminal Justice Department Chair, Kaplan College, reported to Curtis at Kaplan College

"Curtis is a highly dedicated educator who pays special attention to changes in curriculum in order to provide the highest level of education. He is an adventurous man who constantly seeks out opportunities for fun learning experiences. In my years of studying under and working with Curtis I have seen him do many great things, among them: starting and running Camp Latieze, a science camp for California students taught by high school students under the guidance of Curtis and his wife; pioneer a "science club" at a California high school to foster science education; and take high school students on trips to Catalina Island science camps to learn and just have a good time. He is encouraging, optimistic, and easy to get along with. Being fun and easy to talk to is a valuable asset to any educator, and Curtis is certainly top-notch in both traits. Curtis sees his students' potential and always strives to help them meet it. When I was in Curtis's class I was honored to have been nominated by him to attend the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington D.C. He took the time to see my potential as a leader and went out of his way to encourage me. I am proud to have had the opportunity to work with Curtis, and to learn from him. In my many years of school, he remains my most influential teacher."
— Tara Larcade, Student, University of California, Davis, was with another company when working with Curtis at California State Public Schools

"Curtis is an extremely hard working, student-oriented, innovative educator who always strives to do his best in every situation in which he works. I have no hesitation in recommending Curtis and would gladly hire him should a suitable position arise within any organization with which I was working.”"
— Mishele Newkirk-Smith, Science Instructor/Department Coach, Insight Schools, managed Curtis at California State Public Schools

"I have known Curtis for many years. He is the hardest working, most dependable person I have ever met. While in the Navy, Curtis was frequently recognized for his outstanding character, work ethic, military bearing, and intellect. After serving in the Navy, Curtis focused his talents towards education of others. He has a natural ability to inspire those around him to achieve their goals. Curtis is able to see an individual's potential and help them become more than they realized possible. Curtis can and will be a great success in any endeavor he undertakes."
— Obie Powell, LCDR, US Navy, worked directly with Curtis at US Navy
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Skills (2) Rating
Blog Writing
Presentation Design