SYLVA, NC – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt made a stop in Jackson County on Friday, April 16. Truitt and members of her team visited Smokey Mountain Elementary School during their tour through North Carolina’s western school districts.
“What a wonderful and gracious greeting we received,” Truitt said. “To have school board members, administrators, incoming and outgoing superintendents; that’s incredible.”
School and district leaders accompanied Truitt to several classrooms where she observed and spoke with teachers and staff about the unique environment at Smokey Mountain Elementary.
“I love that you can tell the teachers have a heart for kids,” she said. “The way they talk to their kids, and the way they interact with their kids is really special.”
JCPS Interim Superintendent Dr. Tony Tipton said Truitt seemed genuinely interested in the school and especially enjoyed getting to know the students.
“I was very pleased to share the great things the staff and administration are doing at Smokey Mountain Elementary,” Tipton said. “She is welcome back anytime her schedule permits.”
“Having the state superintendent here was amazing,” Principal Mike Treadway said. “We are proud of our school, and we were honored by the visit.”