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.
Our district is launching a new portion of our website to further communicate bus delays and replacements with our families. We encourage those who have a student who utilizes our transportation to get to or from school to visit www.johnston.k12.nc.us/busdelays for updates on our school bus routes beginning Tuesday, January 18.
The Johnston County Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the 2022 Johnston County Public Schools salary schedule at their regularly scheduled Dec. 14 meeting.