Degrees and Certifications:
K-12 Dance Licensure BFA Dance Education
Mrs. Jennifer Smith
Mrs. Smith is very excited about this year here at Northside High! This is her 6th year at NSHS! She has trained in dance for twenty five years and is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and passion for dance with you!
Mrs. Smith was born and raised in Durham, NC where she trained at two local dance studios for 16 years. Her mother was a professional ballerina in the Pennsylvania Ballet Company and she is the one who got her started in dance. She attended Riverside High School where she also trained in dance. It was her dance teacher here that inspired her to become a dance teacher today! Riverside's mascot was a purple and gold pirate. Mrs. Smith loved the mascot so much that she attended East Carolina University in Greenville, NC where she stayed a purple and gold pirate! You know what they say, "Once a Pirate Always a Pirate!" Her student teaching internship was at North Pitt High School in Bethel, NC. She enjoyed her time there with their students. Mrs. Smith graduated Magna Cum Laude from ECU with a BFA in Dance Education and a K-12 Dance Licensure in 2015.
In her first 5 years at NHS, Mrs. Smith has choreographed 5 musicals, produced and choreographed 9 dance program shows, and founded the Dancing Royals, Northside's Dance Team! They perform at football & basketball games and compete once or twice a year! The Dancing Royals compete once a year and have brought home Divisional 1st place Grand Champion every year so far! Unfortunately, the 2018-2019 school year was the teams final season due to financal restraints. She was awarded Northside High's Arts Teacher of the Year Award three years in a row in 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018.
Mrs. Smith is in her 5th year with Swansboro and Emerald Isle Dance Studios, where she teaches three times a week after school. She danced professionally with the KT Collective Dance Company based in Durham, NC in 2017-2018. She looks forward to future performances with the company after settling in with her growing family!
Mrs. Smith lives in Jacksonville with her husband and baby boy, Jaxson Maverick, who was born in October 2019, and their three dogs, Davey, Dakota, and Jynx!