Dr. Robin Buckrham

Phone: Ext. 21105

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Dr. Robin Buckrham

Principal

Hello!  I am excited to be the Principal here at Smith Middle School.  I have over twenty years in education as a teacher, an assistant principal, principal, and college instructor.  I received my Bachelors in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, my MS in English Education from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, my MSA in School Administration from UNCG, and my Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations from UNCG as well.  I have also held several director roles including Federal Programs and Exceptional Children.  I have spent my career in education serving students and families from all walks of life to ensure that equitable access to education is available to everyone.  What we do as educators can determine the trajectory of a child's life and future.  Therefore, I take my role as a school leader and the work we do here at Smith very seriously.  I love the beach, reading just about anything, and enjoying the tunes of a good cover band.  I am here for you, so please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Dr. Spencer Hawkins

Phone: Ext. 21109

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Dr. Spencer Hawkins

Assistant Principal

I began my career in education as a secondary school counselor in 1998.  As such, the forging of positive relationships with students, parents, and staff is a top priority for me.  In 2010, I transitioned into school leadership because I wished to be an active agent of school reform and maximized potential for all students.  After serving as its Principal Intern in 2011-2012, I returned to Smith Middle School in July 2018 as Assistant Principal after serving Carrboro High School in the same capacity from 2012-2018. I have actually spent time as an educator at all three levels in four NC school districts, and even as a private consultant specializing in the development of high school transition programs.  I have a B.A. in Political Science from UNC-Greensboro, a Masters of Counselor Education from NC State, and a Masters of School Administration from UNC Chapel Hill. More recently, I earned my Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at UNC Chapel Hill in 2017 after successfully defending my dissertation, the focus of which was equity as evidenced through high school scheduling and teacher assignment practices.  I am also a certified scuba diver, avid Tar Heels basketball fan, and nerdy comic book collector who enjoys working out and traveling (especially to Walt Disney World with my family!). We are a Smith family for sure--not only do I work at SMS but both of my kids completed middle school here, too! Go Cyclones!!

Ms. Pamela McAllister

Phone: Ext. 21113

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Ms. Pamela McAllister

Assistant Principal

I am excited to be joining the Cyclone family here at Smith Middle for the 2019-2020 school year! I previously had the proud honor of serving Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools as a classroom teacher, interventionist, affinity group leader, and equity champion from 2008-2016 at McDougle Elementary. During that time, I had the pleasure of working with some of the best students, families, and staff Chapel Hill has to offer. It has warmed my heart to reconnect with former students, families, and friends upon my return. This is my twenty-fourth year in education. I received my Bachelors in Education from Fayetteville State University and my Masters of School Administration from North Carolina Central University. I enjoy reading, fishing and traveling with my family. Every child we serve deserves to feel that school is his or her home away from home. As assistant principal, I appreciate the opportunity to help maintain a nurturing and welcoming environment where students are excited to come to school to learn and grow every day.