About Me

Name: Michael Smith
Hometown: Peoria, IL

Hobbies: Music, reading, traveling
Music: All types
Movies: The Shawshank Redemption, The Godfather


My motto: You must be the change you want to see in the world.  -- Ghandi

My name is Michael P. Smith, a.k.a. "Miguel Pablo Esmis" with my Spanish students over the years! I am an alumnus of Illinois State University in Normal, IL. I received my Undergraduate degree from ISU in1987, and I completed my Master's degree in the summer of 1996.  I also earned a doctorate degree in Educational Administration and Foundations with the Peoria Doctoral Cohort.  I have also created a web page for completing my doctoral dissertation.  I completed the dissertation process in June of 2007 and graduated in December, 2007.


My major area of concentration for the classroom is in Spanish language and culture. I taught Spanish at Richwoods High School in Peoria, IL for 17 years from 1991 until June 2008. I have worked in school administration since the summer of 2008.  Three years as a Dean of students at Peoria High School from 2008 until June 2011, and currently I continue working for Peoria Public Schools.   As you will see in the pages on this site, my interests are varied! While Spanish is a main focus of this site, you will still find links to many other topics and projects I'm interested in.   I enjoy musicreading, chess, golf, computers, and most of all my family!


I also enjoy spending time with our dog Valentino.  We have supported dog rescue for many years, starting with our greyhound Liberty.   We adopted her from a race track in July of 1998.  You can also learn more about greyhound adoption online.  Liberty crossed the rainbow bridge in 2005 and Valentino (a lab mutt hound, not a grey) joined us in December 2005.  Tino is sleeping at my feet as I type this (that is not unusual).


On TV, my all-time favorite show is The X-Files and I also love Star Trek.  We also enjoy the movies and look forward to going together, or with our boys.


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