Parent University Staff

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Carla Marlin Smith, Parent Engagement Specialist
919.918.2170 x 24006

Carla Smith is the Parent EngagementSpecialist for Parent University. Carla’s passion is education; it’s not just her career. Prior to joining the team at Parent U, she has been a parent advocate, school administrator, and teacher.

A native of Salisbury, North Carolina, she received her B.A. in Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill; Middle Grades Teaching Certification from Catawba College; and a Masters in School Administration from UNC-Charlotte. A North Carolina certified school administrator and classroom teacher with nearly 19 years of experience in public school education and parental education/training, she plans to complete a Doctorate in Education with a focus on providing multicultural/diversity training for parents and school staff with the goal of improving home-school relationships and the education of African-American males.

Carla considers parenting her most challenging and awarding venture. Carla and her husband Johnny are the parents of two young men, Jonathan and Cameron.

In addition to coordinating Parent U programming, Carla's role is to:

  • Serve as a resource for individual parents who need assistance navigating the school district and their child's education.  For example:
    • Attend meetings w/ parents (IEP, parent-teacher conferences, etc.)
    • Parent outreach 
    • Parent mediation
  • Provide support to Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate Families

Parent Facilitators:
Jackeline Vazquez, Ruby Navarro, Monica Jackson, Sofia Pitts, Rodolfo Espinosa, Kenyatta Clark, Norma Centeno

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The Parent University offices are located at Chapel Hill High School Trailer 14. To visit us, check in at the main office and they'll direct you to our trailer.

Our mailing address is the school district's administrative offices: 
750 S. Merritt Mill Rd. 
Chapel Hill, NC 27516. 

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