Dr. Calandria Smith


Dr. Calandria U. Smith is a native of Orlando, Florida. After graduating from West Orange High School, Calandria attended Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University on the highest of seven hills in Tallahassee, FL.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics, Calandria remained in Tallahassee for a while and worked for the State of Florida.

In 1998, Calandria relocated back to Orlando and started her own Insurance Agency. She is currently a Financial Life Coach and Professor at Valencia College. Calandria is a life-long learner. She has attended United Bible Seminary College where she received a Sunday School Teaching Certification. Calandria also has a Master of Business Administration Degree and a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services with an emphasis in Public Service Leadership.

Calandria strongly believes in helping to make our community better, has been involved in many civic organizations, including the Central Florida Chamber of Commerce, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and is the founder of R.A.W. Real, Anointed, Women’s foundation and Landi-Lou Productions.

Dr. Smith began a very extensive career with Pearson Online Learning Solutions in 2004. During that same year, Professor Smith joined the Mathematics Division at Valencia and moved to the Business Division in 2018. Dr. Smith was promoted in several areas including becoming the Director of Research and Analytics while at Pearson.

After 13 years with Pearson, Dr. Smith was appointed as Executive Vice President of Cambridge Graduate University International and served in that capacity successfully leading the Graduate University into Accreditation and doubled enrollments.

Her most proud roles are wife to Ronald Smith and Mother to Crystlin Smith.


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