Black Excellence

On May 12, 2018, I was awarded my 2nd Master’s Degree in Education for Teacher Leadership from the University of Louisville.  Upon completion of a capstone project during the summer, I will earn a certificate in Diversity Literacy.  This degree will also increase my Kentucky Teacher Certification to a Rank 1.


As a teacher in a priority school, this opportunity was made possible through a partnership with Jefferson County Public Schools and U of L.  In the Fall of 2016, I began taking 2 classes a semester, year around in the Competency, Awareness, and Responsiveness to Diverse Students (C.A.R.D.S.) Program.

I was blessed to complete this program DEBT FREE with tuition assistance from JCPS, Stuart Academy tuition reimbursement, and good personal budgeting.

My school work was with me all the time as I vacationed at Siesta Key Beach, Las Vegas, and moments prior to boarding a cruise to Cuba. I am very proud of my 3.93 GPA.  I had some classes that started off with low scores as I caught the hang of updated learning due to being out of school for 10 years.

Kelsie Smoot Foster Care

I’m not going to lie.  There were times when I wanted to quit the program to get my life back.  I would calculate how much money I would have to repay JCPS.  The money is not what pushed me.  It was the support from loved ones and the initial encouragement from the late Kevin Carter (God bless his soul) that gave me the strength to persevere.

Phillip L. Smoot Sr Alice Smoot Kelsie Smoot

Lucy L. Smoot Family West Virginia

I would like to thank my advisor, Shelley Thomas, my cohort group Aubrey and Pashun Barnes (another Detroit native), and my favorite professor, Dr. Kaila Story.

Kelsie Smoot Kentucky

Kelsie L Smoot Kentucky

For the current school year, I was elected by my colleagues as a union rep and I am the Related Arts Department Chair.

I love teaching P.E., but my plans are to perfect my craft in Health Education.  My goal is to be the golden standard for teaching strategies to reach diverse learners and to pass that knowledge to my colleagues.  I have already been asked to lead some trainings for the 2018-19 school year.

Kelsie Smoot Graduation Louisville


“Don’t complain about having too much on your plate when your goal was to eat.”

Kelsie Lou

About Kelsie Lou

Teacher on the move.
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34 Responses to Black Excellence

  1. Anonymous says:

    You go girl. The best daughter any woman could have. Love you to life.

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  2. Steve says:

    So wonderful. Congratulations !


  3. K E Garland says:

    Congratulations Kelsie! I hope your degree opens as many doors as you are ready to enter.


  4. Congratulations on your achievements…. Amazing ♥


  5. LA says:



  6. TeacherNista says:

    Wow! What a great achievement! Congrats dear.

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  7. Nice👌
    by the way.. happy belated mothers day to ya! hope all is well.

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  8. You are an amazing, smart, and inspirational lady!! Congratulations on achieving another goal and opening new doors for a brighter future!! Never stop learning.

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  9. AAB says:

    Very nice, Congratulations!!!


  10. Chandra Lynn says:


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  11. 🌍Lifebeyondimagination📝 says:

    Congratulations dear.. Have a great Journey ahead..

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  12. Big big congrats Kelsie!!! Hugs, kisses! Thumbs up, hats off!!! Wow!!

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