Degrees and Certifications:
AP Environmental Certification IB Environmental Systems Certification
Mrs. Ellen Ennis-Smith
I learned to explore the world around me at an early age. I tagged along with many older brothers and spent time on my grandparents' farm. I was exposed to snakes, frogs, fishing worms and the great world around me. I am sure this is where my love of science began. I love teaching students to problem solve, view various perspectives and open their minds to all the possibilities. I have been blessed to be recongnized for what I love. I worked with the NC State and NC cooperative extension to create an outdoor classroom. I have been awarded numerous grants to provide hands-on learning opportunities for my students. The last grant I received was a Solar Energy Grant from Wake Electric in 2015. I have been recognized and nominated numerous times by Johnston County's Flame For Learning and becoming a finalist in 2011. I have been awarded the Johnston County Conservation Teacher of the Year, the North Carolina Conservation Teacher of the year and been regonized as a finalist for the National Wetlands Educator Award. I have also been awarded the North Carolina Science Teacher Association's Teacher of the Year.
I began teaching as a lateral entry teacher in 1998, and all of my years of teaching have been at Smithfield Selma High School. I am AP and IB trained.
I currently live in Four Oaks with my husband Patrick and son, Geoffrey.
Johnston County Public Schools is now offering a Substitute Teacher Temporary Incentive Pay Plan for substitutes.
At their August meeting, the Johnston County Board of Education voted 4-3 to make face coverings required indoors in all Johnston County Public Schools campuses and on all buses for students, staff, and guests. This updated mask requirement is effective immediately.