Valorie Smith

Valorie Smith

Academic Success Coach

I was born and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan. After high school, I went to Kellogg Community College for a semester. I then joined the United States Marine Corps. The Marines instilled in me incredible character traits; however, I did not get to travel. Therefore, after my tour I enlisted into the Unites States Navy. In total I served 10 years in the military. I then returned to college as an adult learner, and as a single parent. It was challenging. I worked as a property manager at various low income communities while attending college. As a property manager, I created various programs to meet the needs, (other than housing), of the residents. I had a heart to help others long before I officially became a social worker.

I graduated from Spring Arbor University in 2009 with a Bachelor's Degree in Family Life Education. Afterword, I served in the lower west portion of the state as a foster care social worker. Since then I served the homeless population at the YWCA as a Housing Program Manager, S.A.F.E. Place as an individual, group, and family counselor, and at the SHARE Center in multiple roles. I also served our veteran population at the Battle Creek VA Medical for several years. I moved to Lansing in 2015 and soon thereafter I began my work as a clinical therapist at a private practice in the Lansing area.

While working I attended graduate school at the University of Southern California, and Spring Arbor University (SAU). I earned my Master's Degree in Social Work. My personal goal is to inspire, and enrich the life of every individual that crosses my path. I believe that every person is more capable than he or she knows. I want to assist people in surpassing their own goals and expectations.

A bit about me: In my spare time you will find me with my family, on some sort of outing, or somewhere around fast cars. I'm a "girly girl" who loves horsepower and torque. Weather permitting, I'm either at the drag races, or attending outdoor concerts. My other passions are traveling, and learning about different cultures.