Mrs. Sherri Thomas, Principal
Hello! My name is Sherri Thomas. I am excited to be joining the James W. Smith Elementary School family & community as their new principal!
The past six years, I have been the assistant principal at Trent Park Elementary. Before serving as an assistant principal, I taught kindergarten for twelve years at Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary. I earned my undergraduate and masters degrees from East Carolina University. I serve as a board member of Craven County Schools Partners In Education (PIE).
I am the proud mother of three girls. Sarah, a sophomore at ECU, Shelby, a senior at WCHS and Saylor, a 7th grader at WCMS. My husband and I have been married for twenty-one years. We live in Vanceboro. I love spending time with my family and reading a good book at the beach.
My goal is to continue growing greatness at JWS with the support of the students, staff, families, and community.
Mrs. Michelle Wall, Assistant Principal
I am thrilled to be starting my fifth year as Assistant Principal at James W. Smith Elementary! I believe every student has the ability to soar, and at our school we work to meet the social, emotional and academic needs of every student.
I have 23 years of experience in education. I was a classroom teacher for 19 years, teaching Title I with grades K-3, then I taught first grade and second grade. I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University, with a concentration in music. I went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Western Carolina University, then achieved an add-on certification in School Leadership from Appalachian State University.
My husband and I have lived in New Bern for 17 years. I love to read, knit, work in the garden, play the piano, and relax with my family and friends when time permits.
I look forward to getting to know your child this year, and working with you to help your student be successful.