Phone: (919) 934-4696 ext. 5053


Degrees and Certifications:

> B.A. Economics, U.C. Berkeley > B.S. Business Administration, U.C. Berkeley > Licensed Realtor

Mrs. Zaneh Tercheria

My name is Zaneh Tercheria and I am Smithfield Middle School's Career Investigations teacher.  Welcome to the 2022-23 school year! 

About Career Investigations

In our lab you will enjoy exploring your personal interests and possibilities, which will help you to start planning for your future career!

First, you will kick off your semester-long adventure by thinking about your hopes and dreams for your future through creating a Vision Board.  Next, you will utilize XELLO surveys to learn more about your interests, personality and learning styles, and favorite industries or Career Clusters.  Then you will research and identify careers that may be a good match. 

Finally, you will select a few of Paxton Patterson's 15 career workstations and jump in to learn key career-specific concepts through reading, videos, quizzes and fun hands-on activities.


Smithfield Middle's 15 Career Workstations Include:


Digital Manufacturing

Structural Engineering

Sports Medicine

Forensic Science

Introduction to Culinary

Video Production

Hospitality and Tourism Management



Lifetime Fitness and Wellness

Emergency and Fire Management

Biomedical Engineering

Personal Finance

 Home Maintenance Fundamentals


About Me

After graduating from U.C. Berkeley with degrees in Economics and Business Administration, I started my career as a Marketing Specialist in California.  My first tasks were market research, product strategy, along with software and hardware product design.  I moved on to Program Management, where I coordinated computer software, hardware, and market data projects.  After 11 years in the corporate world, I decided to dedicate time to being a full-time mom of my four daughters.  I started and ran my own business as well during these 8 years working from home.    As my daughters grew older and we moved to North Carolina, I went back into the corporate career world and was honored to work my way to Director of Ecommerce for one of the largest Real Estate brokerages and teams in the country for 15 years. 

I have truly enjoyed all of my career adventures - but perhaps most of all my current role as Middle School Business Teacher!  It is both challenging and fun to meet so many awesome and bright young people as we explore future possibilities together.

Personally, I have been blessed to be married to my best friend for 37 years - "Mr. T" - a Science and Math teacher here at Smithfield Middle.   Together we have four daughters, one son-in-law, and 4 "grand dogs".   For fun, I love exploring nature, new places and cultures, spending time with family and friends,home-making, gardening, and working with young people at church. 

Want to chat?  I am available anytime. Just call or email me. I look forward to getting to know you!


Mrs. Tercheria

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School Announcements

  • Career & Technical Leadership Academy's Open House

    Current 8th graders and their families are invited to the Career & Technical Leadership Academy's (CTLA) Open House.

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  • AVID - Sponsored Food Drive

    Help by donating non-perishable items such as canned food, boxed meals, bagged foods, etc. Donations can be dropped off at Smithfield Middle School from November 7 - 18.

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  • High School Choice Programs Information Night

    Johnston County Public Schools invites STUDENTS and PARENTS to learn more about our Choice Program options for high school students at Smithfield-Selma High on November 17, 2022.

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  • Winter Sports Tryouts

    Tryouts for all Winter Sports will begin on Monday, November 14. Tryouts will be November 14-16. Girls' tryouts will be held from 3:30 to 5:00. Boys' tryouts will be held from 5:00 to 6:30.

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  • SmMS McDonald's Spirit Night

    SmMS McDonald's Spirit Night

    SmMS McDonald's Spirit Night will be held at the McDonalds at 884 W Market St, Smithfield, NC 27577. Spirit Night will be on Thursday, October 13, 2022, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  A portion of all proceeds from dining in or the drive-thru will be donated to Smithfield Middle School. Please come out to support our school! 

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  • October 11th Fall Family Night

    Our Fall Family Night is scheduled for Tuesday, October 11th from 6:00-7:30. This year's theme is “A KNIGHT at the Museum.” Teams will display student work that showcases WICOR strategies and IB Learner Profiles. Free popcorn and drinks will be provided. Don't forget to visit the Book Fair!

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  • School Dance Rescheduled For Friday, October 7th

    Come join us for our first school dance! The dance has been rescheduled for Friday, October 7, 2022, from 3:15 to 5:30. Please make sure that your ride is here at 5:30 to pick you up. The cost is $5 per student and tickets will be purchased on Friday, October 7th during lunch. 

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  • We're Having a Book Fair!

    We're Having a Book Fair!

    Come join us for our Book Fair from October 10-14, 2022. The Book Fair will be open from 8:00-3:30 daily and during the evening during the Fall Family Night on October 11. Hope to see you there!

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  • Fall Picture Day

    Fall Picture Day!

    Fall Pictures will be taken on Monday, October 3, 2022. Forms will be sent home with ordering information. If your student is paying with a check or cash, the money will need to be brought in on October 3rd. Lifetouch also does online orders. Please see below for ordering information. 

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  • Fall Sports Pictures to be taken on September 27th!

    Our Fall Sports Pictures will be taken on Tuesday, September 27th. Please see your coach for more information. 

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  • SmMS Club Interest Form for 2022-2023!

    It's time to sign up for clubs during the upcoming school year! Please review the slideshow to see all of the clubs that SmMS offers. There is a Google interest form at the end of the slideshow if you are interested in any clubs. 

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  • Fall Sports Tryouts Begin Monday, August 22nd from 4:00-6:00 PM

    Tryouts for volleyball, cheerleading, football, and boy’s soccer will be held on August 22nd, 23rd, & 24th from 4:00-6:00 PM.  If students are interested in trying out for a fall sport, a completed physical and concussion form will need to be submitted prior to trying out. Forms are available in our front office or on our school website. 

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  • Smithfield Middle Eighth Grade Awards and Promotion Ceremony

    Watch the Smithfield Middle Eighth Grade Awards and Promotion Ceremony on Thursday, June 2nd at 9:00 AM.

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  • Upcoming Awards and Recognition Ceremonies.

    Smithfield Middle School will hold the End of Year Awards Ceremonies in the SmMS gymnasium. Read more for the dates and times.

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  • Spring Arts Night on May 3, 2022

    Our Spring Arts Night will be held on Tuesday, March 3rd. Come out to see our band, chorus, general music, and jazz band students perform! Artwork will also be on display. We encourage each family to have only two attendees at the performance for seating capacity.

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JCPS Announcements

  • JCPS to implement state-of-the-art security systems

    At the November Regular Session Board of Education meeting, the Board voted unanimously to improve safety and security in Johnston County Public Schools by implementing state-of-the-art security systems in each of the district’s schools.

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  • Updated School Nutrition Information for 2022-23

    We hope that you and your student have already noticed some of the exciting new food and  meal opportunities we are offering in our cafeterias this school year. Our new options will include more fresh produce, vegetarian options, and opportunities for students to customize their meal choice. These new offerings will be available at both breakfast and lunch. 

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  • 2022 Growth Needs Update

    Johnston County Public Schools Chief of Facilities and Construction Brooks Moore presented the 2022 Growth Needs Update to the Johnston County Board of Education at their March meeting.

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