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

  • Schedule

School Announcements

  • Knights in New IB Armor Family Night On Mar 28th

    Come and join us for our Knights in New Armor Family Night on March 28th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Learn more about our journey to become an IB World School. Student work will be displayed as well as booths from community organizations, food, and prizes.!

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  • Diverse Universe Now on Sale!

    Get your copy of our award-winning literary magazine and yearbook on sale now. The presale price is $20. Only a small quantity of yearbooks will be available at a later date for $25. 

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  • JCPS Summer Career Accelerator Program

    Free career exploration, preparation, and networking opportunities for rising grades 6-12. Transportation and lunch will be provided for JCPS students. The following programs are open for registration: Career Investigations, Startup High, and Leaders at Work. Priority Registration Deadline is April 14th. The Final Deadline is May 12th. 

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  • Front Entrance Canopy Project

    The Smithfield Middle front entrance canopy construction project is in progress.

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  • SmMS Zaxby's Spirit Night

    SmMS Zaxby's Spirit Night will be on Thursday, January 19, 2023 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

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  • Multilingual Family NIght

    In order to build connections and strong partnerships with our multilingual families, we will have a Multilingual Family Night on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 from 6:30 to 7:30. Please see attached flyer.

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  •  Winter Spirit Week

    Winter Spirit Week

    January 23 - January 27 - Winter Spirit Week

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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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  • Information Night for High School Choice Application Programs for the 2022-2023 school year

    Information Night for High School Choice Application Programs for the 2022-2023 School Year

    Information Night for High School Choice Application Programs for the 2022-2023 school year will be held virtually from 5:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday, November 30th for our 8th grade families. Families will be able to virtually explore the booths beginning at 5:00 PM, and a live stream presentation from the Choice Program coordinators will begin around 5:30 PM.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 Spirit Week in Color!

    Join us for Pink Out Monday, Twin Tuesday, Knight Pride Wednesday, Red Ribbon Thursday , and Team Colors Friday.

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JCPS Announcements

  • 2023-2024 School Calendars Approved

    The Johnston County Board of Education approved the 2023-2024 Traditional Staff and Student Calendars at their March Board of Education meeting. 

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  • New Wellness Opportunity for JCPS Students, Staff, and Families

    Johnston County Public Schools is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, and families. With that in mind, we are excited to announce to you our partnership with Care Solace, a mental health care coordination service.

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  • JCPS to hold Job Fair on April 15

    Johnston County Public Schools will hold a Job Fair on Saturday, April 15 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at West Johnston High School.

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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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