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
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 on Tuesdays at 11:06 am and Fridays at 12:22 pm. 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!
At their August meeting, the Johnston County Board of Education voted 4-3 to make face coverings required indoors in all Johnston County Public Schools campuses and on all buses for students, staff, and guests. This updated mask requirement is effective immediately.
The online application for the Johnston County Public Schools Preschool Program is now available. Parents who are interested in the JCPS Preschool Program are encouraged to apply early, as availability is on a first come, first served basis. The application window closes on June 30th.