During his residency and the following eighteen months he plans to complete a monograph on the letters of Mason to Henrietta Franklin and a book of Mason’s letters, completed in collaboration with previous CMI Tribute recipient, Dr. John Thorley, former principal of the Charlotte Mason College. He hopes these projects will enhance understanding about women in leadership; about Mason’s biography and the influence of relationships on her educational thought; and about the applicability of Mason’s design for education today.
Throughout all of his efforts, Dr. Smith has worked tirelessly for the children’s sake and for the sake of all teachers and students in every setting. He is generous with his time, his energy, his devotion to spreading Mason’s life-changing ideas—the fruit of which will be seen in the decades and perhaps even centuries to come.
Dr. Carroll Smith was introduced to Charlotte Mason many years ago through Mason’s book An Essay Towards a Philosophy of Education. From there the seeds of ideas given by Mason in her various books have slowly taken hold and have grown year by year as Carroll worked as a middle school teacher, a principal and a college professor in both public settings and Mason-inspired schools. He founded the educational nonprofit, The Charlotte Mason Institute, to promote the educational philosophy of Charlotte Mason and cherishes the relationships that have gown over the years through a collective camaraderie with people interested in seeing education from a very different paradigm. He enjoys reading, gardening and discussing ideas with friends. He and his wife, Andra live in Roanoke, VA, and also enjoy visiting their granddaughter, Lily, in the UK.