FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Catherine Smith is committed to empowering and shaping lives through the vision of Help, Healing, and Hope. Through compassionate and thorough engagement, impartation and instruction, the lives of many youth and adults have been radically changed through both non profit organizations, Power4Life Ministries and KidsLivesMatter International.
Professionally, Catherine Smith is a seasoned former Secondary and current Post Secondary (College) Educator. Currently, she serves as a Business and Technology Professor at Houston Community College. She has formerly served as a Houston Community College Dual Credit/College Credit Coordinator and Career and Technical Education Instructor in HoustonISD.
Blessed with a number of awards, accolades, and national speaking engagements, she was just recently awarded as Houston’s Hometown Hero for Community Service by RadioOne/TVOne and their hosting of the 47th Annual NAACP Awards in Los Angeles, been awarded as a “Pillar In The Community” by The Houston Sun Newspaper, and been featured on national and local talk shows. She has also written State of Texas Curriculum for the Texas Education Agency and the University of Houston. She has been a past National Conference Speaker for the Southern Regional Education Board in Louisville, KY, Regional Teacher of the Year in 2010 and a finalist for HISD District Teacher of the Year. Further, she was the first (1st) and only instructor to bring "Mobile Learning" through a grant with Houston Community College to HoustonISD, and she was a past HCC Mobile Learning Symposium speaker. Finally, she was granted Waste Management (formerly BFI) Teacher of the Year and the Rotary Club Teacher Of The Year. She is passionate about teaching, developing, and training students and adults, so that they are sharply prepared to meet the demands of the 21st century.
CO-FOUNDER AND CO-DIRECTOR
Madelyn Traylor serves as Co-Director for KidsLivesMatter International. She helps to oversee the day to day operations and logistics for Power4Life Ministries. She also has helped to develop strong partnerships by working very closely with community leaders and organizations, as well as partners and volunteers.
Madelyn oversees logistics and educational initiatives for KidsLivesMatter International, including a current focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
She is a true advocate for all learners, and desires that each student be equipped by providing meaningful and enriching opportunities to grow and flourish.
She currently serves as an educational consultant and coach. She has been teaching for over twenty-five years, and has earned the title of Teacher of the Year in 2008 at Crawford Elementary and in 1998 at Clinton Park Elementary in HISD. She has been recognized as a teacher leader, and has been instrumental in providing support for other educators on a campus and district level.
She has also been recognized as a Pillar in the Community by the Houston Sun and was also recognized as a Hometown Hero by Radio One/TV One along with the NAACP. Madelyn counts it a honor to serve in the community and be a voice and advocate for those that are in need.