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Smoky Mountain Academic Resources & Training


Smoky Mountain Academic Resources & Training (SMART) has been offering educational services to families, including the homeschool community, since 2006.  We are pleased to offer the Woodcock-Johnson IV (WJ IV), Iowa, and Brigance.

How We Got Started

How We Got Started

Woodcock-Johnson testing was offered in Western North Carolina many years ago by Carolina Education Resource (CER). CER was originally owned and operated by the late Wendy Coleman. Wendy built a much-needed testing and tutorial business and offered parental training workshops. Wendy also trained several qualified homeschool mothers to work with her as Woodcock-Johnson testers including, Glenna Toney who started testing in 2002.

Wendy was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, so running and operating a business became too difficult, thus, CER dissolved.

In 2006, Wendy Coleman asked Glenna Toney, one of her trained and qualified testers, if she would be interested in continuing the CER tradition of offering Woodcock-Johnson testing to families including homeschoolers. After much thought and prayer, Glenna decided to try to continue to serve WNC with a quality testing service.

As with any major business transition, the SMART testers and administration were challenged to overcome obstacles common to re-organization. However, under the leadership and guidance of Glenna Toney, the former CER was transformed into the new Smoky Mountain Academic Resources and Training, incorporated in 2007.


SMART has grown and expanded greatly since 2007.  SMART now tests in many areas all across the state of NC (from Murphy to Wilmington), in SC (from Greenville to Charleston), in FL (Tampa, Ocala, Clearwater), and most recently in CO (Boulder & Denver Areas).  SMART is willing to travel to your area and test (minimum number of students required). Please contact us if you are interested in hosting a SMART Testing Site or interested in hosting a SMART Testing Presentation / Workshop.


SMART continues to add Associates as we grow and expand.  Please read all about our talented and hardworking SMART Team.

We graciously and proudly welcome you to SMART and look forward to serving you!

Our Testing Associates

SMART associates work independently and keep their own schedules.

Please contact your desired associate directly to make arrangements.

Megan Beasley

Glenna Toney is an NC Certified Teacher, B.A. Elementary Education, testing experience with the Woodcock-Johnson since 2003, has experience teaching and testing all levels of learners and works with all students, founder/owner of SMART, has graduated five homeschool students., Service Areas: All over NC, SC, GA, FL, and beyond>>more info>>

Megan Beasley NC Certified Teacher, PreK-6; B.S. in Elementary Education. She is a former public school elementary teacher and is now homeschooling her oldest of three. Megan is honored to work with SMART to assist your family with their education needs. (704)-813-5186, Service Areas: Burlington (NC), Alamance County, Guilford County, Orange County, and surrounding central NC areas. >>more info>>

Angelique Carpenter lives in Clyde, NC, with her family.  She opened their homeschool in 2000 and has taught her six children K-12. She firmly believes that each student has their own unique learning style, academic path, and interests. She looks forward to working with you and your children. 828-301-1662, Service Areas: Haywood, Buncombe, and surrounding areas. >>more info>>

Autumn Cline SMART

Autumn Cline resides in Ashe County, NC. She is a Specialist Level licensed and Nationally Certified School Psychologist. For the past 26 years, Autumn has served children from preschool through 12th grade and their families, providing psychoeducational evaluations, consultation with teachers and parents, interventions for students with academic and behavior challenges, counseling, social-emotional supports, social skills instruction, and advocacy for students of a wide variety of learning needs. Autumn believes that just as we are uniquely created, so are the ways and rate at which we learn and the avenues we demonstrate our knowledge. She sees potential in all students and considers it a blessing to be able to work with families on their home education journey. (828)-263-4272, Service Areas: Ashe, Alleghany, Avery, Watauga, Wilkes, bordering counties in Tennessee and Virginia >>more info>>

Niki Cooper

Niki Cooper. NC Certified Teacher (Licenses: K-6, K-12 AIG, K-12 Reading, and 6-9 ELA); B.S. and MA.Ed. in Education. Niki has advanced from classroom teacher to various leadership and training roles, focusing on inclusive, holistic education and program development. She also has experience teaching online courses. Valuing personalized education, she now homeschools her oldest kids while also providing support and guidance to homeschooling families. 919.426.2984, Service Areas: Wake Forest, Raleigh, Cary, Wake County, RDU, Durham, Durham County, Granville County, and surrounding central and eastern NC areas. >>more info>>


Heather Ertzberger lives in Wilmington, NC with her husband and three sons.  She was raised in a military home so she grew up living in many different places up and down the east coast and settled in Wilmington beginning in high school.   She wanted to be a teacher from the time she was very small and enjoys finding creative ways to help kids understand difficult concepts (especially in math) and loves to watch the lightbulb come on when students understand concepts they have struggled with. 910-367-5797, Service Areas: New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick and Onslow areas. >>more info>>

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Renee Gosart lives in Davidson, NC. She has been homeschooling her children for over 16 years, from preschool through dual enrollment programs up to college. Renee has a Master of Science degree in Special Education K-12 and a Master of Science degree in Elementary Education K-6. She has 10+ years of teaching experience in both public and private schools, as well as working as a professional tutor. She has coordinated and implemented specialized reading, writing, and math tutoring, as well as gifted/talented work. 203-913-4450, Service areas: Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Iredell, Stanley, Rowan, Union, Catawba, Lincoln, Gaston, Montgomery, and Richmond.  >>more info>>

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Holly  Gouge lives in McDowell County with her husband and two daughters.  She has lots of experience in public education from kindergarten through adulthood in most subject areas. Considering her knowledge and experience in education, including homeschooling, Holly is eager to help families educate their children. As a SMART Testing associate, Holly hopes to be an Encouraging Advocate who, through Consulting, is able to use low-tech and High-tech resources to equip parents in providing educational experiences. Holly is eager to test students throughout the year. 828-442-2507, Service Areas: McDowell, Rutherford, Cleveland, Burke, Catawba, Yancey, Mitchell, and Avery counties (NC).  Contact for inquiries about other NC counties and out of state. Willing to travel.  >>more info>>

Mandy Koontz

Mandy Koontz and her husband Sterling live in Lexington, NC where they are very involved in their community. They have 2 Biological children and are a licensed therapeutic Foster home. They enjoy traveling, camping, swimming, boating, and exploring new adventures. 336-442-7416, Service Areas: Lexington, Thomasville, High Point, Winston-Salem, Kernersville, Salisbury and surrounding Piedmont Triad locations. >>more info>>

Millie McCall

Millie McCall lives in Mill Spring, NC, and homeschools her three youngest of five beautiful children. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from North Greenville University and worked in Greenville County public schools. 828-243-5339, Service Areas: Polk, Henderson, Rutherford, Buncombe, and Cleveland Counties in NC. She lives near and travels regularly in many areas of SC as well. If you don't see your area, Millie may be willing to travel to you. >>more info>>


Mary Oliver lives in Sylva, NC where she worked as a Special Education teacher before beginning homeschooling her 3 boys in 2012. She began working with SMART in 2019 and has experience working with children of all ages and abilities, specifically students with autism and other learning challenges or delays. Mary is dedicated to helping children reach their full educational potential and has a passion for helping parents discover various learning and teaching methods to assist in their homeschooling journey. Mary has a lot of experience administering assessments to students and then developing plans to address the students' educational needs. 336-252-8718, Service Areas: Jackson, Macon, Swain, Haywood, Transylvania, Buncombe, Graham, Cherokee, Clay Counties in NC >>more info>>

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Charis Thanos and her husband, Nathan, live in Lexington, NC, with their five children. Before beginning the homeschool journey in 2022, she worked as a teacher in NC in the classroom and online with NCVPS for more than 16 years. Experience has taught her that not all children learn at the same pace or in the same manner nor demonstrate understanding and mastery in the same ways. Testing thus should not be a one-size-fits-all. Charis believes all parents should have access to the kind of information that the WJIV can provide. She looks forward to providing you with this service as well as any needed coaching so that you are empowered in the education journeys of your children.  336-252-8718 Service Areas: Lexington, Thomasville, High Point, Winston-Salem, Kernersville, Salisbury, and surrounding Piedmont Triad locations. Also, limited dates in Mitchell and Avery counties.  >>more info>>


Kyla Vance is a North Carolina native and has always lived in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology, both from Appalachian State University. She has experience teaching children of all grade levels and abilities through her public school and homeschool careers. 828-443-2464,  Service Areas: Morganton, Hickory, Caldwell, Catawba, Burke, Alexander, Lincoln, Watauga Counties Granite Falls, Lenoir, Taylorsville, Lincolnton, Blowing Rock, Boone. >>more info>>


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