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

Phone: 919-934-5191, ext. 5118

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     Welcome back students and families to the 2021-2022 school year. I am honored and proud to be a part of SSS Sparta Nation! After spending 12 years teaching middle school at Selma Middle and Wendell Middle, I finally "graduated" to teaching on the high school level again as of Fall 2019. The 2021-2022 school year is my 3rd year as a SSS Spartan and my 27th year overall as a teacher. I will be teaching English II this year, as well as coaching the SSS Spartan Slam Poetry club. Check it out! We will be meeting the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, during the 2nd Spartan Success time (9:09-9:44). All meetings will be in my classroom, 2108.

     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 the  "Little House" TV show from the 1970's. Mankato was the closest "big" town to Laura Ingalls Wilder's home town of Walnut Grove, which is also a real town in Minnesota.

     From 1997 to 2003, I taught college-level speech communication classes at both Minnesota State University and South Central Community College. I started my own communication consulting practice called Communication Innovations, and my husband Douglas and I had 2 children. We moved with our pre-school aged children 4 times within a 3-year period before finally landing in the Smithfield-Selma area of Johnston County, where Douglas grew up and was a graduate of Clayton High School. We now consider Smithfield our "hometown," and our children are both adults and graduates of SSS--time flies!

     I look forward to meeting even more people in this heartwarming, SSSTRONG community! I especially look forward to meeting YOU: students, parents, and community partners! I am ready to continue rising to the challenge 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!

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  • JCPS Summer Hours

    Johnston County Public Schools will be moving to summer office hours on June 13. School and district offices will operate on a four-day work week.  Offices will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursdays. The summer schedule will continue until August 11. All offices will be closed on July 4. 

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  • 2022 Summer Information Fair Dates Set

    Johnston County Public Schools is always striving to provide students and families with exemplary service. In most cases, school bus transportation is essential for many students to access a quality education. In order to meet our daily goal, it is necessary to implement change that enhances and improves our overall operation. As we prepare for the 2022-2023 school year, JCPS Transportation Services and School Nutrition will be hosting a Summer Information Fair at each high school.

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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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