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      Click on the following link:  Back To School Night 2021-2022

    Welcome to Smart's Mill Middle School. My name is Velera Barksdale and I am excited about the 2021-2022 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 by 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 17 years! This will be by seventh year at Smart's Mill. This year I will be teaching Reading Strategies and Language Arts in a self-contained environment. 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