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.


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. >>more info>>


Christy Wilde Plott graduated from Western Carolina University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education and a Minor in Psychology. She received her N.C. certification in K-12 Learning Disabilities and Mild to Moderate Special Needs. Christy has experience teaching in public and private school systems, impoverished areas in Mexico and homeschool. She is well- versed in working with children with varying academic abilities, as well as with emotional and mental health needs. >>more info>>


Jennifer Baker is an NC Public and School Dual Certified Librarian as well as an NC Certified Teacher. She holds a Masters Degree in Library Science from Appalachian State University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she was an NC Teaching Fellow. She has experience teaching preschool through college, was Rookie Teacher of the Year for her county, and is a homeschooling mother of two herself. >>more info>>


Mary Oliver is A native to Western North Carolina, raised in Brevard, NC, Mary lives in Sylva, NC with her husband, George, and their 3 sons. Mary received a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education from Western Carolina University. While in college she worked with the North Carolina Autism Society, where she developed assessments, plans of action, and learning techniques for young adults with autism. >>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. >>more info>>