The Weather Dog
STEM Star Schmitty The Weather, Musical Meteorologist Ron and High-Octane Author Elly have Elly have visited more than 350 elementary schools - bringing their STEM fun to kids across the country. Want to 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 a former US President - 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 and Author Elly, Schmitty The Weather Dog has launched her Schmitty The Weather Dog YouTube Channel with fun musical kid vids on science, weather and eco-conscious songs.
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 and theaters across the country with her Schmitty The Weather Dog Science Sing-Along Show. Using literacy, music and her furry presence, and 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 for engaging his audiences in music and song, 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 for two weeks to "break the ice" with musical frivolity. Ron and Elly also traveled the world as guest entertainers on twenty-seven cruises on the five-star Crystal Harmony.
While earning his math/education degree at Purdue University, Ron helped put himself through school by playing ragtime and sing-along piano. Now, having the unique distinction of being a three-time time World Champion Ragtime Pianist, Ron has also added meteorologist to his title. Ron has produced national weather stories on Good Morning America and ABC World News tonight with Peter Jennings, Diane Sawyer, Charles Gibbson, and David Muir. But "more importantly", Ron works with Schmitty The Weather Dog. Together they 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.
Now, Meteorologist Ron, along with Schmitty The Weather Dog and Author Elly, are bringing science and weather fun to kids in schools across the country with the Schmitty The Weather Dog Science Sing-Along Show.
When not traveling across the country "breaking-the-ice" or bringing science and fun to elementary schools and theaters, you can find Ron in his apartment in New York City composing songs with Author Elly for the Schmitty The Weather Dog YouTube Channel for kids or inventing new ways to make an omelette.
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Author Elly McGuire
Elly McGuire has been obsessed with dogs and performing since she was a kid. Growing up with a beagle named Jessie Jane, Elly and her 7th grade friend created a kids show using marionettes; appearing in RI libraries and performing an original 1/2 hour show on local TV. Elly graduated with a degree in education from Rhode Island College. Using a puppet to read a children's book to her first grade class, Elly aced her student teaching final. The rest is history.
After a few years of teaching, Elly sailed a boat from her hometown to the Bahamas. Upon her return to terra firma, she took a job in the world of radio advertising. Eventually her journey took her to DC working as an advertising executive for the NBA and NHL teams there. Known for a decent swing on the golf course, many sponsorship deals were signed on the 19th hole.
After meeting her forever fiance, Ron, an award winning ragtime and sing-along piano player, Elly embarked on a new adventure - traveling the world as his side-kick, entertaining for the upper crust on twenty-six Crystal Cruises. Lured back to reality by aging parents, Elly took on the challenge of capturing clients for Radio Disney in NYC. Having perfected the role of side-kick, Elly again accompanied Ron to entertain on a different kind of cruise; two weeks on a private yacht in Greece with hosts President George Herbert Walker Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush.
Back home in NYC, Elly was profoundly influenced by the events of 9/11. Feeling the need to do something, she created New Yorkie Greetings, a line of greeting cards, using her Yorkshire terrier as the model, to raise money for the Uniformed 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 also created the BARK THE VOTE National Tour and along with Ron and her pups, traveled 8000 miles back and forth across the country to raise awareness for small animal shelters and to get out the vote.
Eventually, Elly left corporate life to work with her 4-legged muse, creating 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 Ron, now a musical meteorologist, 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 Science Sing-Along Show to elementary schools and theaters across the USA.
After receiving rave reviews for the live Schmitty The Weather Dog school shows, Author Elly has turned eco-cheerleader in her mission to bring STEM fun to even more Pre-K and elementary aged kids, by creating educational Schmitty The Weather Dog YouTube Channel videos with musical weather and eco friendly tips to help inspire them to take care of the planet.
Perhaps the only person in history to teach a US President to play spoons, Elly lives in NYC with her pooches, Schmitty and Pudge, and forever fiance’, Ron.
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