A Gadsden, Alabama native, Kia Smith has always had a fascination with words. At the age of 8, she wrote her first book, a camping story, which won a local library competition award. Over the next 10 years, Kia continued to pursue her love of words by reading, writing and speaking at local events.
In August of 2000, Kia enrolled at the prestigious Spelman College as an English major where her fascination with words turned into a love of literature and critical analysis. Upon graduating from Spelman in 2004, Kia enrolled in Kennesaw State University’s Master of Professional Writing program and founded Kia Smith Communications, a boutique communication firm that provided writing, editing, public relations and graphic design services.
In 2008, Kia began teaching secondary English with Clayton County Public Schools, an urban school district in the metro-Atlanta area. During her tenure as an educator, Kia taught Honors Literature, World Literature, 9th grade Literature and Journalism courses. Kia was also actively involved in student life; while employed by Clayton County Public Schools, she sponsored the school’s yearbook, coached the cheerleading squad, and taught a number of graduation exam tutorial courses.
It was Kia’s interactions with students that inspired her to found DRIVEN Youth, Inc., a mentoring and youth development organization that partners with urban schools in order to produce students who are college-ready, dynamic leaders who will develop communities and inspire change.
Presently residing in metro-Atlanta, Kia works in higher education as a social media coordinator in addition to offering consulting services.