Team Schmitty The Weather Dog
Musical Meteorologist Ron, High-Octane Author Elly, and STEM Star Schmitty The Weather Dog have visited more than 200 elementary schools bringing STEM fun to students across the country. Wanna know more about them? Feel free to sniff around their bios below!
Schmitty The Weather Dog
Schmitty The Weather Dog is a four pound Yorkshire terrier with a nose for the weather. Helping kids and pets in need is Schmitty's passion and because of her philanthropic efforts, she has appeared on The Ellen Show and Access Hollywood. Schmitty has also appeared on stage with Oprah in Central Park, garnered praises and hugs from Betty White, and is the only dog to ever be named New Yorker of the Week on NY1. Schmitty The Weather Dog has been the subject of segments done by both CNN's Jeanne Moos & former Fox News' Gretchen Carlson and most likely is the only canine to have received a handwritten letter personally addressed to her from former President George Herbert Walker Bush.
And not just another pretty face, being a STEM star landed Schmitty The Weather Dog on the cover of the high-profile summer issue of the Hamptons Pet magazine - with an article inside: A Nose For The Weather."
Along with Meteorologist Ron Trotta, Schmitty The Weather Dog has posted over 500 weather "pawcasts" on her Schmitty The Weather Dog You Tube Channel and together they have been the weather team for the National Science Teachers Association, National Association of Elementary School Principals and the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
Schmitty is the inspiration for the popular children's book, Schmitty The Weather Dog: Daydream. She is also the spokes dog for the New Yorkie © line of people & pet fashions and even has her own theme song and blog, both posted on SchmittyTheWeatherDog.com.
When not out sniffing around Central Park with her sister, Pudge, you can find Schmitty The Weather Dog visiting elementary schools across the country with her Schmitty The Weather Dog STEM Assembly. Using literacy, music and her furry presence, along with humans Meteorologist Ron and Author Elly, their goal is to inspire young students, especially girls, to get excited about studying STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) subjects
Schmitty The Weather Dog is one busy pup.
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Meteorologist Ron Trotta
When you look up the word, "Icebreaker" in the dictionary, Ron Trotta's picture should be underneath it. As an award winning Ragtime piano player and raconteur, Ron Trotta has been "breaking the ice" at parties, events and conferences with original song parodies he writes especially for the occasion . . . that gets the party started.
Ron is so renowned at engaging his audiences in song and entertainment, that he, along with his fiance, Elly (who plays the spoons btw) were personally invited by President George HW Bush to join him, his wife, Barbara, and their special guests, on a private yacht in Greece to "break the ice" with musical frivolity. Ron and Elly were such a big hit that the Bushes asked them to stay aboard for another week. Ron and Elly have also been invited to stay at the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport. They just happened to have a piano in their living room and lots of friends visiting.
While earning his math/education degree at Purdue University, Ron helped put himself through school by playing ragtime and sing-along piano. Having the unique distinction of being a three-time time World Champion Ragtime Pianist, Ron has since added meteorologist to his title. Behind the scenes he has worked on national weather stories for ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, ABC World News Weekend, and ABC Nightline. But "more importantly" - he works with Schmitty The Weather Dog. Together they have more than 500 weather "pawcast" videos posted on their Schmitty The Weather Dog You Tube channel and have been the weather team for the National Science Teachers Association, The National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
When not traveling across the country "breaking-the-ice" or bringing science and fun to elementary schools with the Schmitty The Weather Dog STEM Assembly, you can find Ron in his apartment in New York City composing songs for the upcoming Schmitty The Weather Dog: The Musical or inventing new ways to make an omelette.
You can now find Meteorologist Ron, along with Schmitty The Weather Dog and Author Elly McGuire bringing science and fun to kids in schools all across the country with the Schmitty The Weather Dog Weather/Science Assembly.
Author Elly McGuire
Elly McGuire has been obsessed with dogs since she was a kid. A former elementary school teacher turned corporate executive for NBA & NHL teams, sports radio, and Radio Disney. After the tragedy of 9/11, she created New Yorkie Greetings, a line of cards using her Yorkshire terrier as the model to raise money for the Firefighters Association Scholarship Fund. Ellen DeGeneres flew Elly and her pup to be on The Ellen Show for her creative efforts to raise money for animal shelters. Elly created the BARK THE VOTE National Tour and traveled 8000 miles across the country with her pups to raise awareness for small animal shelters and get out the vote.
Eventually, Elly left corporate life to work with her 4-legged muse. Elly created the New Yorkie Runway Celebrity Doggie Fashion Show to raise money for pet charities and promote her New Yorkie © brand of pet & people fashions.
Inspired by her pup and her weatherman fiance, Elly wrote her first children’s book, Schmitty The Weather Dog:Daydream. Using literacy, music and a really cute dog, you can now find Author Elly, along with Meteorologist Ron and Schmitty The Weather Dog, bringing their Schmitty The Weather Dog STEM Assembly to elementary schools across the USA.
Perhaps the only person in history to teach a US President to play spoons, Elly lives in NYC with her pooch, Schmitty and forever fiance’, Ron.