Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Chris Holloman
For my most updated page, visit the Google Classroom I have set up for our class. If you are absent, many of the assignments are posted on Google classroom for you to make up at anytime.
Keep up with your grades by accessing Powerschool. No physical report cards or progress reports are sent home. The best way to contact me is through email. ChrisHolloman@johnston.k12.nc.us.
Welcome to Smithfield-Selma High School.
My favorite thing about being a teacher is getting the chance to help students succeed. It's important to keep in mind that the best successes come from at first experiencing failure. But my goal in the classroom is to give students a safe place to fail, such as with daily work and discussion, so that when it counts, such as with a formal assessment, final project, or real world application, students can take the lessons learned in class, create and produce with these new knowledge and skills and experience success.
I have taught English at SSS for 18 years and I try to make every year feel as fresh as the first. With technology evolving every year and with the amount of information and media students are exposed to everyday, learning the lessons from classic literature, critiquing popular literature, and reviewing and creating media whether it be written, viewed, or demonstrated is a valuable tool for students to be able to become saavy writers and active participants with the news and ideas of their community and the world. I review current trends and education, professional development strategies, and manage data in order to learn new ways to address student needs each year.
I earned my bachelor's degree in English Education at Appalachian State in '99. I earned my master's degree in English literature from East Carolina University in '05. I've been fortunate to teach every level of English while at SSS and been active as a department chair, National Board Applicant, yearbook adviser, and Interact sponsor.
Use this time. Learn while you are here. Don't disconnect by being connected to your phone. You can use social media anytime. You will not always have access to a free education.
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.