National GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year
6X Educator of the Year
Cannonball Saxophone Educator-Artist
Eric Thomas and Associates Certified Speaker
Extreme Execution Life Coach
Ally Gator Book Bites Publishing Author
Awards & Recognitions
•Grammy Music Educator Award Winner 2020
•McNeese State University Black Alumni Association Trailblazer Award 2019
•Grammy Music Educator Award (National Finalist) 2019
•Delta Kappa Gamma Society Excellence in Education Outstanding Teacher 2018
•Arts Educator of the Year (Mayor's Arts Awards) 2018
• KPLC Class Act Award Winner 2018
• Hospitality Arts Tourism Award (Performance) 2017
• Inducted into Phi Beta Mu 2016
• Victor Green Music Excellence Award 2016
• Grammy Music Educator Award (National Finalist) 2015
• MLK Unsung Hero Award 2015
• 2015 Maplewood Middle School “Teacher of the Year”
• Thrive Magazine Thriving 30 Somethings 2015
• Kiwanis Club of Sulphur Community Volunteer of the Year 2015
• You Make A Difference Teacher Award City of Sulphur 2014
• Dr. Norman E. Smith Band Director of the Year Award 2012-2013
• 2012 Calcasieu Parish Teacher of the Year (1st Runner-Up)
• 2012 Maplewood Middle School “Teacher of the Year”
• Over a 500% increase in the number of students joining band at MMS (nearly 50% of the school’s population in band)
• 2010 “Model Classroom” for McNeese State University Music Education Department’s Service-Learning Project and Music 371/372 Instrument Pedagogy Classes
• 2010 April Middle School “Teacher of the Month” for the City of Sulphur, LA
• 2009 Summer Academy classroom techniques and student performances featured to audience of parents, community members, and CPSB Superintendent Wayne Savoy
• 2008 West Orange-Stark Middle School “Teacher of the Year”
• 2006 West Orange-Stark Middle School “Teacher of the Month”
"LIFE IS BETTER WHEN WE BAND TOGETHER"
"Mickey is phenomenal. He cares about the teachers and students in today's classroom. He understands as a music teacher that one band, one sound is the result of togetherness. Mickey helps you discover your "sound." I love how he says 'life is better when we band together'."
ERIC D. THOMAS, PhD
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR, WORLD-RENOWNED SPEAKER, AND EDUCATOR
"TEACHERS....SEE WHAT VICTORY LOOKS LIKE"
"I’ve never met an individual like Mickey that’s so passionate about making sure teachers & students alike have a chance to see what VICTORY looks like on a daily basis! His gift turns your mundane day into greatness with a cherry on top!! You are doing a disservice to your life, kids, & teachers globally if you don’t hire him at your school!! I strongly recommend that you check him out & his Sound180 movement!!"
WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL EMPOWERMENT COACH, AUTHOR, AND CERTIFIED ETA SPEAKER
“HE CARES ABOUT EACH AND EVERY PERSON”
"In my 40 plus years of public service as an educator and Navy sailor, I have not done many testimonials, I consider testimonials to be important and prestigious, and they should not be taken lightly. In my determination for such, I consider: Is the honoree worthy and what conditions has the honoree overcome that separates him or her from others?
It didn't take me long to recognize the musical talent Mr. Smith possessed and his eagerness to transfer that gift to middle school children. But there was something else about him that I knew would separate him as a true servant to people he encounters. His honesty, integrity, and compassion for people (and children in particular) truly make him special.
I have been very fortunate to hear Mr. Smith tell his life story, the values he was taught and the lessons he learned from his Grandmother as he shared his gift to others who are in need. He cares about each and every person who is in need of confidence, motivation, drive, and a "can do" spirit that ingrains a never give up determination. He has also been called to be a leader and advocate for people in need of navigating the realities of life. He excels in these qualities because of his learned life lessons.
I am very proud, indeed, to know, recommend, and support him."
MARTIN W. GUILLORY
PRINCIPAL OAK PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL
FORMER LOUISIANA MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR
“A PERSON THAT MOTIVATES AND INSPIRES OTHERS”
"Mickey is the epitome of what I believe teachers should offer their students. He demonstrates a passion for education, even then he uses the window of opportunity to guide students to new avenues of exploration, aiding them in self-discovery to find their own routes to ultimate success."
"Mickey is a person who motivates and inspires others just by being himself—a person who exudes enthusiasm, talent, joy, and tremendous pride in doing his best for others. As an administrator, I know that there’s something really special about a teacher when students want to be in his class practicing even at lunch, recess, and after school! Mickey Smith is a young, energetic, and creative speaker educators need to hear."
MARGARET G. GOODE
CPSB GRANTS COORDINATOR
FORMER PRINCIPAL OF MAPLEWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL
FORMER LOUISIANA MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR
“SEE YOURSELF BEYOND YOURSELF”
"Not only does Mickey help individuals discover their instrument both musically and personally but he helps you to find your why and I love this idea he shares about Seeing Yourself Beyond Yourself. Because inside of all of us there is a beautiful song."
EDUCATOR, SPEAKER, AND PASTOR OF CHRISTIAN WORLD MINISTRIES
"BEST ASSEMBLY WE’VE EVER HAD”
“This was the best assembly we've ever had! I really love the program that Mickey Smith did because its very inspirational and uplifting. It reminds us of why we are teachers. That our kids are most important and how we can make a difference in their lives. The kids were very inspired and interested and the music was fabulous but the story was even better! Thank you for sharing with us your music and your story."
MELONY RUE LEMAY
LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALIST
“I WILL USE SOUND180”
"The SOUND180 workshop provided a valuable framework for self-assessment as an educator. It helps reflect on ways and areas in which we can grow as educators. I will use SOUND180 personal assessment to elevate my teaching practices."
“I PLAN TO FIND MY SOUND!!”
"My dream is to teach at a Title 1 school. I want to build a sound relationship with those students and show them the positive side of life. I plan to find my sound in the classroom!"
“JUST FOR ME”
"I feel like this seminar was just for me. In a time of student-teaching where I am exhausted, this seminar really encouraged me. Very fresh presentation! Serve, Love, Teach. That’s our job. We are to serve, love, and teach children. Mickey Smith was PHENOMENAL!"
“KEEP ON GOING!”
"This workshop put the relationships I should have with faculty, staff, parents, and students into perspective. That they are a valuable asset to any successful classroom. Keep on going! Loved the workshop!"
"Mickey Smith was AMAZING! Best seminar I have been to. Lots of useful information was given and will be used in my future classroom. "
“IT RENEWED MY EXCITEMENT”
"Mickey Smith’s workshop renewed my excitement to start teaching. I was able to relate to the personal experiences he shared. The message of 'Don’t Stop (Keep On Going)' and 'See Yourself Beyond Yourself' was of the greatest value to me."