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Mrs. Samantha Parker

Hello! I am thrilled to teach an amazing group of kindergarteners at James W. Smith Elementary. Teaching has always been an absolute passion of mine! It’s going to be a great year full of fun, exciting learning experiences, and adventures. I am excited about the opportunities to grow and learn together this year. In saying so, I thought you may want to learn a little bit about me. 

I've been married to my husband Jackson since May of 2019. He is a firefighter for the city of New Bern. We enjoy telling each other stories about our interesting and exciting careers. We welcomed a baby boy, Chandler, to our family in April of 2021. We also have one fur baby named Casey. I am a New Bern native and I grew up in Craven County Schools. My husband actually attended James W Smith elementary! I feel honored to give back to the community that had such a huge impact on my youth. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, shopping, and relaxing at the beach or by the pool!

I joined the James W Smith team in January of 2020. I graduated from East Carolina University in December of 2019 with a BS degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in reading. It is my pleasure to teach your student and push them to be the best they can be. Our classroom will be a community of happy, safe, and respectful young learners. Please do not hesitate to communicate your needs and concerns about your student. I look forward to a great partnership of learning with you and your child for the remainder of this school year.


Some of my favorites are: 

Favorite Color- Yellow

Favorite Season- Summer

Favorite Food- Chick-fil-a & Pizza

Favorite Drink- Dr. Pepper & Rootbeer 

Song- My Girl by The Temptations

Book-The Lion Inside

Sport- Baseball... Go Pirates!