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 a 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 were 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 being 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 making as 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 Associations 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 will begin using Here Comes the Bus in the 2019-2020 school year! Here Comes the Bus is a school bus tracking app that gives parents real-time bus location information and alerts to get students to the bus stop on time. The app is expected to roll out by the first day of school, August 26...
The Johnston County Education Foundation has changed its grant process from a three cycle a year process, to a once a year process. The grant deadline will now be November 15th each year and Grant Patrol will be held on the first Wednesday of December.