Alayne Smith
Young Adult Author
Accomplishments
  • Was semi-finalist in the Faulkner-Wisdom Literary Competition 2016.
  • Served on the Georgia Student Media Festival Committee, 2005 to 2015
  • Developed training of media specialists and technical personnel in Gwinnett County from 2004 – 2009
  • Initiated and coordinated  "Live Action," a viewing of award-winning media festival entries by Gwinnett County students and parents
  • Elected Teacher of the Year 2003, Brookwood High School
  • Elected Bell South Teacher of the Year, Brookwood High School
  • Appointed as Co-Lead Teacher in Gwinnett County Broadcast Journalism Program, 1995 – 2003
  • Served as CNN Student Bureau Advisor, 1999 – 2001
  • Served on the International Student Media Festival Committee, 1995 – 1998
  • Instructed broadcast journalism students who won numerous Excellence Awards from the Georgia Scholastic Press Association, International Media Festival Awards and an Emmy in 1999. Students aired feature stories on CNN.
  • Established Brookwood Broadcasting at Brookwood High School, Gwinnett County, Georgia
  • Developed an eight-course continuum of courses in Broadcast Journalism/Video Production with other journalism teachers
  • Developed first Broadcast Journalism/Video Production course at the high school level in Gwinnett County, 1989 -1990
  • Initiated into Phi Kappa Phi in 1989
  • Served as a graduate assistant at the University of Georgia, 1987 – 1989
  • Developed and implemented the Community of Readers Program at Five Forks Middle School, 1985 – 1989
  • Taught video production at the middle school level, and directed student-produced news program that aired to the school
Biography
Alayne grew up in Alabama, lived in Denver and Tripoli, Libya, and settled in Atlanta,Georgia in 1969.  She received masters and education specialist degrees in Instructional Technology at the University of Georgia.

Alayne was a media specialist in Gwinnett County, Georgia for 11 years.  She worked in a middle school and had three main objectives:  expose students to all types of literature and encourage them to read for fun, teach students research skills and work with students, mostly after school, to create and produce media.  In addition, she started the Community of Readers program.

In 1989, she moved to the high school level where she initiated a high school program of broadcast journalism and video production.  Her students aired a daily morning news show that covered hard news and sports. Advanced students produced a monthly video magazine composed of feature stories of interest to teens.
Her students interviewed and shot footage all over the Atlanta area.  As a result, two of her students were awarded an Emmy in 1999.
 
Alayne began working at the county level in 2004. She trained media specialists and teachers in video production and broadcast journalism for five years. 
 
Alayne lives in downtown Lawrenceville, Georgia, with her husband of 50 years and an ornery cat named Willie.

Ellen and the Three Predictions has been acquired by Cactus Moon Publications.
Professional Organizations
Georgia Association for Instructional Technology

Gwinnett County Retired Educators Association

Phi Kappa Phi
 
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Atlanta Writers Club