Her love of history and reading coupled with strong influence from several teachers throughout her schooling is what inspired Millicent Smith to pursue a career in education. Presently in her 29th year in education, Millicent’s career began as a secondary social studies teacher in Blount County & Sevier County, TN, and subsequently Knox County Schools in Knoxville, TN. Over the years, Millicent taught U.S. History, AP Government, Psychology, Sociology, World History, and Geography and currently maintains a social studies 7-12 professional teaching license along with a K-12 professional administrator license and K-12 superintendent’s license.
In addition to classroom teacher, Millicent served as assistant/ curriculum principal in both urban and suburban settings; a content supervisor; and executive director of curriculum, instruction, and professional learning for Knox County Schools. During her tenure there, Knox County Schools was the only large metropolitan district to earn Exemplary status for the 2014-2015 school year. Millicent left Knox County after 23 years to become a founding member/director of instructional support for Instruction Partners (formerly D2D). Instruction Partners serves districts across Tennessee with curriculum, instruction, and professional learning support. This learning experience afforded Millicent the opportunity to create lasting friendships with colleagues across Tennessee.
Millicent is honored to serve as the Assistant Director of Schools for Lenoir City Schools in Lenoir City, TN, which is her hometown. Her role includes federal programs director, district testing coordinator/accountability officer, and any other all instructional leadership supports needed from coaching, evaluation, feedback, etc.
A few notes from Millicent:
“I am passionate about the how high-quality instructional materials (HQIM) lift the burden of materials mining from teachers. I am happy to talk to anyone about this and about how HQIM supports Tier 1 instruction for ALL students, moving the focus from intervention.”