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Mrs. Courtney Smith
I am actually one of Jacksonville's few locals. My Granddaddy retired from the Marine Corps here in Jacksonville. Therefore, my Dad was born and raised here. My mom is from Maysville, a little town about 20 minutes down the road from here. They married and decided to keep Jacksonville as their home.
I married my husband, Justin, and his son, Jamison, in September 2015. Jamison attends CFIE here with me. We welcomed our baby girl, Tatum, into the world July, 2016. She is my everything and a true mama's girl =) Justin and I are now expecting twin girls (Whitley & Gracie) to join us on St. Patrick's Day, 2020! My hands will be full (and my heart) but I do plan to return for the 2020-2021 school year.
I graduated from White Oak High School in 2004 and received my Associate's Degree from Coastal Carolina Community College in 2007. From there I worked full time as a Teacher Assistant here at CFIE while going to school at night and online through ECU. I graduated with a BA in Elementary Education with a concentration in Reading in December, 2011.
From the age of 15 to 21 I worked in child care while in high school/college. After receiving my Associate's Degree I was hired as a Teacher Assistant here at CFIE. I've had the chance to assist in all elementary grade levels, finding that my heart belonged to the primary level. After three full years as a TA and doing my internship, I graduated with a BA in Elementary Ed. and was hired as a fourth grade teacher in January 2012. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the fourth graders but knew in my heart where I was supposed to be. Therefore, I requested a transfer to the primary level, taught Kindergarten for three years, and moved up to 2nd grade in 2015.