Sholanda L. Smith (she, her, hers) was born and raised in Arkansas, in a small town outside of Memphis, TN. Prior to moving to Arizona, Sholanda lived in Covington, GA ("The Hollywood of the South), with her husband (Adrian) and four children (Adrian, Garrique, Alaina, and Justice).
Sholanda began her career, in education, in 2010, in the Cartwright School District, as an Exceptional Student Services educator. She has also taught in the Dysart Unified School District, where she implemented and monitored the district's Math 180 program. Sholanda moved to the Agua Fria Union High School District, in 2018, to join the Canyon View High School Jaguar family, where she is currently and proudly serving in her role of School Counselor of the distinguished change agents of 2023 and the sponsor of the campus' Interact Club and the Girls Who Code Club and a co-sponsor of Black Student Union and Bring Change 2 Mind. Sholanda also serves on the campus' Diversity Committee.
Sholanda is passionate about work involving equity, diversity, and inclusion, reducing opportunity gaps for students, empowering and confidence-building in youth, cultural competency dialogues and practices, trauma-awareness teaching, and being an abolitionist for the silent, the unheard, and the invisible.
Sholanda has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, from Spelman College. She has also received a Master's degree in Special Education, from Grand Canyon University, and a Master's degree in School Counseling, from Ottawa University. Sholanda is involved in several community-based and professional activities and organizations.