BTS Night 2022-2023

    Welcome to Smart's Mill Middle School. My name is Velera Barksdale and I am excited about the 2022-2023 school year. I am an Instructional Specialist.  I really enjoy shopping (who doesn't), baking and reading a good book. I also enjoy spending time with my family. We love to travel anytime we are afforded the opportunity.  I received my Bachelor's Degree from Old Dominion University and my Master's Degree from Arizona State University. I started my teaching career in Virginia. Due to my husband's career, we have relocated numerous times. In addition to Virginia, I've also taught in  California, Arizona, and Texas. I have been teaching for 18 years! This will be my eighth year at Smart's Mill. This year I will be teaching Reading Strategies/Decoding to 6th-8th graders.

    I am looking forward to this school year. Together, we can make it work!

    Velera Barksdale, M.Ed. 

    Instructional Specialist

    6th Grade Language Arts

    Smart's Mill Middle School 

    "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"-Nelson Mandela