JulieAnn Smith Named Secondary ELA Curriculum Specialist
JulieAnn Smith began her teaching career as a U.S. History and ELA teacher in a small New England town. She was later hired by a larger school district to create and then teach a curriculum aligned to new State Assessments. Ms. Smith won a state award for this curriculum and presented at the Connecticut Teachers of English annual conference. She was later contracted by the Connecticut Department of Education to assess new teacher licensure portfolios. Ms. Smith was also invited to attend National Writing Project Trainings, becoming a teacher consultant at both the state and national level. She earned her Master’s Degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
She later married her military husband and they moved to Maine, where Ms. Smith co-created curriculum for a consortium school. Because of her success, the school district asked her to design curriculum focusing on students who were not able to meet the State Standards. This curriculum became a model for other schools districts.
After being transferred to Virginia, Ms. Smith taught for Virginia Beach City Public Schools. There Ms. Smith served on the Executive Board for the Virginia Association of Teachers of English, presenting professional development across the state of Virginia, as well as planning state and local conferences. Also during her time in Virginia, Ms. Smith obtained her Educational Leadership from George Washington University. Mrs. Smith won Teacher of the Year for VBATE, being chosen from among 27 secondary schools.
When her husband retired from 23 years of service aboard U.S. Navy Nuclear submarines, Mrs. Smith came to Florida and first worked for Okaloosa County as a school-based instructional coach and then as a 12-month instructional coach, creating professional development, lessons, and collaborative opportunities for teachers in Okaloosa County. Mrs. Smith is excited to continue to serve the students and teachers of the Okaloosa County School District.