Dr. Marla Smithson

Dr. Marla S. Smithson

Graduate Adjunct Professor

Email: smithsm@tntemple.edu



  • BS in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from University of TN at Chattanooga (1993)
  • MA in Administration and Supervision from TN Technological University in Cookeville, TN (1996)
  • EdS in Administration and Supervision from TN Technological University in Cookeville, TN (1998)
  • EdD in Teaching and Learning from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA (2009)

Academic Experiences

  • 21 years in elementary education at Graysville Elementary in Graysville, TN (12 years) and Cherokee Ridge Elementary in Chickamauga, GA (9 years)
  • 4 years as graduate online adjunct professor for TN Temple University and Kaplan University

Teaching Specializations

  • Elementary Education/Early Childhood
  • ESOL
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Supervision and Administration 

Ministry & Professional Experience

  • Pastor’s wife for 26 years
  • Junior Church teacher for 26 years
  • Church Secretary/Treasurer for 7 years
  • Women’s ministry
  • Play Director/Writer
  • Youth ministry

Membership in Academic Organizations

  • Better Seeking Team member at Cherokee Ridge Elementary
  • Canadian Journal of Action Research Author and Member

Denominational & Community Service

  • Non-denominational church activities (Christian Bible Fellowship – Evensville, TN)

Publications & Presentations

  • Smithson, M. (2013). The positive impact of personal goal setting on assessment. Canadian Journal of Action Research, 13:3, pp. 57-73.
  • Speaker for Pi Lambda Theta Alpha XI Chapter of Knoxville, TN (2012, 2013)


  • Leadership Team for Cherokee Ridge Elementary, 2008-Present
  • Teacher of the Year for K-2 in Rhea County, TN, 1999, 2001
  • Goals 2000 Grant Recipient 2000-2001
  • Supervisor for Student Teachers 1996-Present
  • Parent Involvement Chairperson, 1998-2004
  • Presenter for Marco Polo Training, 1991
  • Trainer for TN Technology Literacy Grants, 2001
  • Pacer Grant Recipient, 1994-1995
  • TN State Winner of K-2 Division of Associated Press Teaching Contest, 1996


  • Married to William Smithson, Pastor of Christian Bible Fellowship
  • Mother of four children
  • Grandmother of five