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.
A special called session of Johnston County Board of Education has been called for Monday, March 1, at 3:00 p.m. in the Evander Simpson Building in Smithfield. To comply with the Governor’s Executive Order, only the board members will be allowed in the boardroom. However, the open session portions of the meeting and all announcements will be accessible to the public via livestream.
Now more than ever, we are aware of the many different needs of our students and families. As we begin planning for the 2021-22 school year, we are seeking feedback from parents to gauge interest in establishing a Johnston County Public Schools Virtual Academy, as an alternative to the face-to-face instruction environment for students. We are asking for your input by completing an online interest survey.
Johnston County Public Schools has developed a detailed plan to mark senior milestones, including prom and graduation, while adhering to guidance from the Johnston County Public Health Department and the CDC in regards to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Online Kindergarten Registration for the 2020-2021 school year is Feb. 15-March 5. Full details are available on the Kindergarten Registration website.