Meet Greg Smedley-Warren, affectionately known as “Mr. Greg,” an experienced, current kindergarten educator and the creative mind behind The Kindergarten Smorgasboard. With an impressive 18-year teaching journey, Greg’s expertise spans various grade levels, including a brief stint in fifth grade and two years in second grade. However, it was a reluctant transition to kindergarten that unveiled his true passion and calling.
Initially hesitant about teaching kindergarteners, Greg’s journey took a heartwarming turn when he discovered an instant connection on the very first day. From that moment onward, he knew kindergarten was his destined path. Fuelled by an unwavering dedication to his students, Greg has steadfastly remained in the kindergarten realm for 15 years, continually inspired by the boundless energy and curiosity of young learners.
Beyond the classroom, Greg is a devoted family man, cherishing moments with his loved ones in Nashville, Tennessee. Alongside his husband, fondly referred to as “The Mister,” Greg shares his home with their daughter, Adelynn, and their beloved dog, Dolly.
Greg’s educational journey is adorned with notable achievements, including a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Indiana University and an ELL Certification from David Lipscomb University. His global teaching experience includes enriching summers spent teaching in Ecuador. Recognized as the 2014 Teacher of the Year, Greg’s influence extends far beyond his classroom walls, as an international speaker, presenter, and co-founder of the esteemed ELEVATE! conference for teachers. A passionate curriculum developer, Greg’s dedication to educational excellence shines through in all his endeavors, driven by his unwavering commitment to empowering both students and fellow educators alike.
Jason "The Mister"
Hi, I am Jason, otherwise known as “The Mister.” I handle all things behind the scenes at The Kindergarten Smorgasboard. I graduated from Tennessee Technological University in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Finance. I worked in finance my entire career until the summer of 2016 when Mr. Greg and I determined that TKS needed a dedicated full-time person. Since then I have worked tirelessly at helping to spread Mr. Greg’s teaching style, resources, strategies, techniques, tips & tricks far and wide.
When you send an email or communicate with TKS via social media, I am likely the one that is responding to you. I also assist Mr. Greg with planning and brainstorming ideas for classroom resources and activities. Last but not least I develop, plan, and coordinate our ELEVATE! Conferences from the ground up. This allows Mr. Greg to focus on the workshops and sessions to make sure they are glitterific.
Since education was not my field of study or expertise it has been an amazing adventure learning from all the interactions that I now have with educators. I look forward to each day knowing that it will bring with it another exciting and fun-filled experience from classrooms around the world.