Alayne Smith is a retired broadcast journalism teacher who earned M.Ed and Ed.S degrees in Instructional Technology from the University of Georgia. She taught broadcast journalism for fifteen years in Gwinnett County, Ga., where she developed the first broadcast journalism course at the high school level. With other Gwinnett County broadcast journalism teachers, she contributed to the development of an eight-course continuum of courses in broadcast journalism and video production.
Two of Alayne’s students won the 1999 Southern Regional Student Emmy Award from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. Sixty students produced documentaries and feature stories, advancing to International Media Festivals held in New Orleans, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, and Denver. She served as a committee member for the International Student Media Festival, 1995-1998, and as a CNN Student Bureau Advisor, 1999 – 2001.
While working at the Broadcast and Learning Department of Gwinnett County Public Schools, Alayne developed a cluster training approach for media specialists, K-8, to maximize the use of each school’s broadcast equipment. She co-taught sessions in each of the county’s seventeen clusters, reaching media specialists from over ninety-six schools. Media Specialists were offered hands-on instruction to assist them with creating informative, curricula-based, attention-getting broadcasts.
Alayne is a member of the Georgia Association for Instructional Technology, Gwinnett County Retired Educators Association, Phi Kappa Phi, Atlanta Writers Club, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She currently lives in Lawrenceville, Ga., with her husband.