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Neal Austin Smith III

425 Carmain Lane
Marietta, GA 30064

n.austinsmith@gmail.com
706-273-8524

CERTIFICATION
Georgia Educator Certification (Certificate ID: 771019)
Expires: 05/2020
Engineering & Technology (6-12); English Language Arts (6-12); Earth/Space Science (6-12);
Science (6-12); Middle Grades Math (4-8); Middle Grades Social Science (4-8); Special
Education General (P-12); Gifted In-Field
Project Lead the Way Gateway to Technology Automation & Robotics Instructor
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Simpson Middle School (July 2011-Present)
Technology & Engineering Teacher (July 2014-present)
- Built STEM program at a 950-student middle school and helped increase STEM enrollment from
30 to 700 over three-year span.
- Developed and implemented project-based and problem-based learning lessons in STEM classes
across sixth, seventh, and eighth grades.
- Researched, wrote, and administered local and state grants exceeding $48,000 over two years to
provide equipment to the STEM program and increase course offerings.
- Coached and mentored multiple student organizations including a First Lego League team that
increased from 8 members to 24 members in two years and advanced to the Super-Regional competition
level twice.

Special Education Interrelated Teacher (July 2011-June 2014)
- Managed special education differentiation, requirements, paperwork,, and accommodations for a
caseload of 12 students per year.
- Assessed, planned, and delivered lessons to small group Math and Language Arts classes of
special education students in which student test scores increased by an average of 5% over three years
in math, and 2% over three years in Reading and Language Arts.
- Mentored web design teams that finished in the top three in the state of Georgia in two
competitions.

Durham Middle School (January-May 2011)
Supply Teacher (January 2011-June 2011)
- Planned and delivered lessons in middle school Reading and Language Arts for a special
education teacher on extended leave.
- Prepared and quizzed students in preparation for state testing in which students achieved gains
of 5% on average as compared to the prior year.

Pike County High School (July 2008-June 2010)
English Language Arts Teacher (July 2009-June 2010)
- Planned, delivered, and modified lessons for tenth grade and twelfth grade Language Arts
classes and helped the school achieve a 88% graduation rate (a 7% gain compared to the prior year).
- Mentored and coached the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl team which advanced to the SuperRegional level in first year of competition.

Special Education Teacher (July 2008-June 2009)

- Managed special education differentiation, requirements, paperwork,, and accommodations for a
caseload of 12 students per year.
- Steered 9 twelfth grade special education students on caseload to an 88% graduation rate.

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE
Country Fare Cafe
Owner/Kitchen Manager (June 2010-January 2011)
- Conceptualized and opened a family-run 85-seat cafe, including locating, building out, equipping
and developing menu.
- Managed back-house processes including tracking inventory, ordering food and non-food
supplies, managing profits and loss, and serving as kitchen manager.

Gwinnett Gladiators Hockey Club
Media Relations Intern (September 2007-June 2008)
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Assisted VP of Communications in writing, graphic design, video production, and press relations.

EDUCATION
Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw GA - EdS in Instructional Technology (GPA: 4.0), 2015
Columbus State University, Columbus, GA - MAT in Secondary English Education, 2010
University of Georgia, Athens, GA - MEd in Sports Communications and Management, 2007
University of Georgia, Athens, GA - BA in Journalism with Emphasis in Public Relations, 2006
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Cobb Teacher Leaders Academy 2015-16
Association for Career and Technical Education Vision Conference 2015
International Society for Technology in Education Conference 2014
Teachers Leading Cobb 2013, Presenter
International Center for Leadership in Education Model Schools Conference 2012
Teachers Leading Cobb 2012
AFFILIATIONS
Professional Association of Georgia Educators
International Society for Technology in Education
Association for Career and Technical Education
HONORS AND AWARDS
International Center for Leadership in Education Model School, 2015
Simpson Middle School Teacher of the Year Nominee, 2013-14
Simpson Middle School Teacher of the Month, September 2012
Pike County HIgh School Teacher of the Year Nominee, 2009-10
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
Graphic Design with Microsoft Publisher and Adobe Indesign and Illustrator
Video Production with Techsmith Camtasia and Adobe Premier and After Effects
Photo Editing with GIMP and Adobe Photoshop
Audio Editing with Audacity and Soundforge
3D Design with SketchUp, SolidWorks, and Autodesk 123Design
3D Printing with machines from Stratasys, Makerbot, ZMorph and Ulti-Maker

Smart Notebook/Smart Board Software