Phone: 919-934-5191, ext. 5118
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Teaching English, Speech, and Theater from Southwest Minnesota State University (1991) Master of Arts in Speech Communication from Minnesota State University, Mankato (1997) AIG Certification from Campbell University
Mrs. Gwendolyn (Gwen) Sullivan
I am thrilled to be a part of the SSS Sparta Nation! My daughter, Savannah Sullivan, is a 2017 graduate from SSS, and she taught me all about Spartan Pride! Now, after spending the past 12 years teaching middle school, I have finally "graduated" to teaching on the high school level--again! And best of all, I am here for my son Caleb's senior year as a Spartan. I started my teaching career in Minnesota, where I was born and raised. I taught high school English, speech, theater, and journalism in Minnesota for 4 years. Then, I studied for and received my Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Do you recognize the name of the town Mankato? That probably means you were a fan of the Little House on the Prairie books or TV show from the 1970's. Mankato was the closest "big" town to Laura Ingalls Wilder's home of Walnut Grove (yes, that's a real town in Minnesota too).
From 1997 to 2006, I experienced tremendous growth in my life personally and professionally: I taught university-level speech communication classes at both Minnesota State University and South Central Community College. I started my own communication consulting practice called Communication Innovations, through which I conducted trainings, small-group workshops, and even one-on-one coaching for a variety of communication skills and topics. Oh, and somewhere in there, I had 2 children with my husband of 27 years, Douglas (a JoCo native and graduate of Clayton High School), and moved 4 times within a 3-year period before finally landing in Smithfield!
I look forward to meeting even more people in this heartwarming, SSSTRONG community! I especially want to continue the exciting work of helping our young adults become the skilled, principled, and mentally/emotionally STRONG men and women who will lead us through the rest of the 21st century!
Every JCPS parent must fill out the Second Semester Choice form to choose either the Virtual Program OR face-to-face instruction for each of their students. The Second Semester Choice form is to be filled out for ALL students in grades PreK-12. If a child is going to participate in face-to-face instruction for the second semester, the parent will be asked to fill out transportation information for the student in the form. A form for each student should be completed by Nov. 30.
Information on social distancing in school settings has been recently updated by the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). Upon receiving information from the NCDHHS, we consulted with the Johnston County Public Health Department on the impact these updates will have on our school system. This ongoing collaboration continues to guide our decision-making as students return to classrooms for in-person instruction.