Teri Smith


I came to the St. James School for Little Folks in June of 2017. My education includes a degree in Child Development, as well as a graduate certificate in Leadership in Early Childhood, both from University of North Carolina in Greensboro. While living in Greensboro, I was the director of a large faith-based center downtown for fifteen years. When my husband and I decided to move to the mountains, we were drawn to the Hendersonville area. After our move three years ago, I worked for UNCG as a research assistant and traveled to centers all over the state doing program assessments. I also worked for the Migrant Head Start program, but was led to St. James after hearing what a good reputation the church had in the community for providing education to young children. The School for Little Folks immediately felt like “home” and I’ve been pleased by the support I’ve received from the church. My goal is to continue to offer a quality experience for young children and to find ways to connect the church and the school.

In my free time, I enjoy hiking in this beautiful area and spending time with my three grown children and six grandchildren. My husband, Ed, works in IT for Transylvania Regional Hospital and we plan to put down roots in the mountains and stay for a long time.