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Mr. Zach Groves
Hello, all! My name is Mr. Groves and I teach 8th grade social studies here at Swift Creek Middle! This will be my first year here and 8th year in education. I taught social studies in Lenoir County (off Highway 70 on the way to the beach) for five years and Lee County for two. One year I was actually voted Teacher of the Year! I love blending history and technology.
Before I entered education, I worked in television news at WCTI-TV (New Bern/Greenville) as a photojournalist. I covered many social studies-related events, including trials, major government meetings, and notable events like the uncovering of an anchor from Blackbeard's ship, Queen Anne's Revenge, Hurricane Irene, and a presidential visit at Cherry Point Air Base in Havelock.
I graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (Go Cougars!) with a degree in Mass Communications and earned my teaching license in Middle Grades Education from East Carolina University (GO PIRATES!!!!)
Along with using online programs like Google Classroom to help enrich my lessons, I create videos for YouTube that help connect main ideas and historic concepts. Check them out here!
I'm happily married to Mrs. (Christy) Groves, who is also a teacher in Johnston County. She teaches first grade at Powhatan Elementary. You could say that education runs in the family!
When I'm not teaching or making videos, I like playing golf (regular golf, frisbee golf, etc.), visiting historic sites, following the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues (I lived in the St. Louis area for a while before moving to North Carolina), along with the Kansas City Chiefs, Carolina Panthers, and Carolina Hurricanes.
The Johnston County Board of Education meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 14, at 4p.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 the livestream available online at www.johnston.k12.nc.us/boelive...
Based on guidance from the Johnston County Health Department and taking into consideration the growing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county in recent weeks, the original plan to host “modified” traditional graduation ceremonies will not be possible....
THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2020
After careful review of the current trends regarding COVID-19, Johnston County Public Schools will delay voluntary workouts for high school fall sports athletic teams until at least July 20...
Johnston County Public Schools has begun planning three possible reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Based upon recently released documents provided to all school districts...
September 2, 2020
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM Soccer/Volleyball AT Benson
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4:15 PM - 5:15 PM Soccer/Volleyball AT Smithfield
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4:15 PM - 5:15 PM Football vs Smithfield
September 14, 2020
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4:15 PM - 5:15 PM Soccer/Volleyball AT Riverwood
September 17, 2020
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM Football vs Archer Lodge
September 23, 2020
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM Soccer/Volleyball AT Cleveland Middle
September 24, 2020
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM Football AT Riverwood
September 28, 2020
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM Soccer/Volleyball vs McGees
September 30, 2020
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM Soccer/Volleyball AT Clayton Middle
October 5, 2020
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM Soccer/Volleyball vs Smithfield
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4:15 PM - 5:15 PM Soccer/Volleyball AT Archer Lodge
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4:15 PM - 5:15 PM Football AT Cleveland Middle
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4:15 PM - 5:15 PM Soccer/Volleyball vs Riverwood
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4:15 PM - 5:15 PM Football vs McGees