Mary R. Massey, Children's Author, Professional Speaker, Early Childhood Consultant, Professional Development Trainer

Dr. Massey believes all children are SMART in their own special way and works with parents and teachers to help them view children through that lens

Dr. Mary Massey, an award-winning author, is a lifelong learner who believes all children are SMART, they’re just SMART in different ways! She has researched Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI) and uses it as a foundation for consulting, speaking, and training. She also designs and conducts MI professional development programs for teachers.

Mary lives in Tallahassee, Florida with George, her husband of 39 years. She was born in South Bend, IN, and moved with her family to Foley, AL, as a teenager, where she graduated high school. Mary earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Troy (State) University, and Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Education from Nova Southeastern University. She is the Mama of two adult children, William (wife, Natalie) and Alexandra, the Nana of two adorable granddogs, Sadie Mae and Macallan, the Aunt Mary of several nieces and nephews featured in this story, and the MiMi of the incomparable inspiration for her first book, Ellie Rae Discovers Eight Ways to be SMART.  They are all so very SMART in their own special way!

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The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her books:

All children are SMART in their own special way. Intelligence is not a single, fixed function, rather it is multi-faceted and expandable. Gardner contends, "Anything that is worth teaching can be presented in many different ways. These multiple ways can make use of our multiple intelligences."

Why the author is an authority on the subject of her books:

Dr. Massey has researched Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI) since 1992. Her extensive research is chronicled in her Master's thesis and Doctoral dissertation. She served as an administrator at an MI school and has used MI instructional and assessment strategies in teaching her college courses. She has also trained parents, teachers, and administrators in multiple intelligences theory and practice.


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Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:

Research supports the effectiveness of individualized instruction, rather than teaching all children using the same methodology. Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI) provides for teachers an instructional strategy within which they can view children through an MI lens, identifying their strengths and using those strengths to bolster lesser developed skills. As children begin to understand they are SMART in their own special way, they are fortified in their sense of self by recognizing their own strengths, valuing the strengths of others, and learning how to work together to grow and learn.

Presentation Audience:


Grades K-3

Grades 4-6

Middle School

High School




11-100 appearances



Willing to travel

Book Type:

Picture book

Children's Fiction





Education/College Preparation/Special Education





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