Dr. Jane M. Smith earned her PhD in Education focusing on issues of Culture, Curriculum, and Change from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after a 20 year career as a middle grades science teacher in Wake and Cumberland Counties (NC). Her bachelor's degree, also from UNC-Chapel Hill, was in elementary education and her Master of Arts in Education from Fayetteville State University had a concentration in Middle Grades Science. She was honored as Cumberland County Teacher of the Year in 2000. She held National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification in Early Adolescence Science. Dr. Smith has worked with the education community in the southeastern region of North Carolina to advance knowledge in the STEM area. As Education Coordinator for Fort Bragg's Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Regional Task Force, she initiated collaborations to network expertise and resources throughout 11 counties, enhancing the quality of teaching and learning. She has conducted local and national seminars and professional development sessions on science education and leadership. Dr. Smith advocates for children and families through the local Partnership for Children and Military Child Education Coalition and underrepresented populations through Operation Inasmuch. Currently she serves as the Interim Director of Summer School and an instructor in the Department of Middle Grades, Secondary and Special Subjects here at Fayetteville State University.