Elaine Smiley is a former general education teacher, special education teacher, special education school administrator and university instructor who has worked in North Dakota, Minnesota and Michigan. Elaine’s job as a compliance monitor and supervisor afforded her the opportunity to supervise a variety of special education programs from birth to 26 years of age, as well as investigate complaints and try to mediate complaints against school districts. After Elaine retired, she contracted with six intermediate school districts in southern Michigan to investigate complaints. She also served as a hearing officer for the Office of Civil Rights.
Elaine became interested in Crooked Tree Arts Center through taking classes in watercolor painting. She enjoys painting with watercolors and recently became interested in painting with oils.
"I support Crooked Tree Art Center because of the multiple enriching opportunities, entertainment and arts education that is provided to children and adults of all ages in the communities."