--1992: Graduated from Susan Moore High School
--1996: BS in Forensic Science/Criminal Justice from Jacksonville State University
--2005:MS in Elementary Education from Jacksonville State University
--2018: Achieved National Board Certification

        My name is Jennifer Priest and I am the STEAM/STEM teacher for SMES and SMHS. I am also the SMES Student Council sponsor.  I had the honor of being named the 2018-19 Elementary Teacher of the Year for Blount County and in 2016, I was chosen as the Elementary Science Teacher of the Year by the Alabama Science Teacher's Association.  In 2018, I achieved my National Board Certification. I've had the privilege of teaching STEM lessons to elementary students for the past 5 years. Currently, I am the facilitator for our awesome Smart Lab where students in grades 5-8 participate in STEAM activities. 

        I have been married to my high-school sweetheart for over 25 years. For years after we married, we traveled around the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic while my husband played professional baseball.  We have a son, Evan (20), who attends Snead State pursuing a degree in computer science. We also have a daughter, Rylee (19), who recently got engaged to her high school sweetheart.

        You can follow me on social media such as: SMES Facebook Page, Twitter: @smbulldogbytesInstagram: jenniferpriest

    Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.”– Roger Lewin