Phone: (919) 965-2555 ext. 4910


Degrees and Certifications:

Associate in Arts from GTCC Bachelor of Art in Liberal Studies from UNCG NCTeach from ECU

Mrs. Howard

This is my 5th year at SMS! I am excited about helping our 8th graders have an awesome final year at SMS, and to help them prepare for high school. I currently teach 8th grade ELA, serve as grade chair for the 8th grade team, and help implement our schoolwide COMMIT program which focuses on being middle school ready and high school prepared. 

In the classroom I hold students to high expectations, while providing them with learning resources and tools to help them find success in their academic careers as well as their lives outside of school. Our classroom is centered around the grade-level ELA standards set forth by the state. We use MyPerspectives for our main curriculum along with a combination of trade books, relevant digital and print sources, schoolwide AVID strategies, and growth-mindset teachings to help us reach our full potential.

My Favorite Things: My husband, my family, my friends, reading, acting, comedy, art, writing, gardening, fashion, working at SMS, Christmas, any holidays, traveling, music, LOKI, #88, Mindy Kaling, The Office, Hello Kitty, cooking, Disney, Harry Potter, geek culture, biking, eating, hiking…



High School Degree from Reidsville High School (NC Academic Scholar)

Associates in Arts from GTCC in Jamestown, NC (Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (Humanities) from UNC Greensboro (graduated Summa Cum Laude)

ECU’s NCTeach program

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  • ACCESS testing for English Language Learners

    North Carolina schools are required to administer ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 to all students identified as English Learners (ELs) in the spring of each year to determine their progress in learning English. Each student is tested in four areas: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. This assessment helps us monitor their English language development.

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  • Public Notice: Johnston Community College Board of Trustee Vacancy

    The Johnston County Board of Education is now accepting applications for the Johnston County Community College Board of Trustee position. The deadline to apply for the vacancy is Friday, February 17, 2023.

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  • Updated School Nutrition Information for 2022-23

    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. 

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  • 2022 Growth Needs Update

    Johnston County Public Schools Chief of Facilities and Construction Brooks Moore presented the 2022 Growth Needs Update to the Johnston County Board of Education at their March meeting.

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