Debbie Southwood-Smith

Debbie Southwood-Smith

Teacher of English at Summit High School

Providence, Rhode Island Area
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Debbie Southwood-Smith's Overview

  • Teacher of English at Summit High School
  • Program Director at ArtNight
  • Long term substitute teacher/ Hope High School at Freelance Educator
  • Teacher of English at James J. Ferris High School

Debbie Southwood-Smith's Summary

My work in the music business for almost twenty years generated platinum selling artists and Grammy winners. I hold both a BS/ Emerson College and an MAT/ Fairleigh Dickenson Univ. I am a teacher of both English and the arts. I have taught in both the public school system and in higher education institutions. I have years of experience in project management, special events planning, public relations and education. My skill set is diverse and yet cohesive. I bring energy, intellect, organization and passion to the work I am engaged in.

Debbie Southwood-Smith's Experience

Teacher of English

Summit High School

November 2013Present (11 months) Summith, New Jersey

Senior AP English (2 courses). English 1 (2 courses). Reading and Writing Strategies (1 course). Implement lesson plans. Research areas of the Humanities. Contribute to a community of high performing students in the capacity of teacher. Facilitate the pedogogical needs of a unique student body. Support the artistic community within the high school.

Program Director


July 2013November 2013 (5 months) Warren, RI

Creating and implementing special events in music, dance, theatre, spoken word and workshops for a monthly event featuring open galleries and featured artists. Providing marketing support to local business partners to encourage patronage and awareness.

Long term substitute teacher/ Hope High School

Freelance Educator

Education Management industry

October 2012September 2013 (1 year) Providence, RI

Praxis 2 series exam score= 176. Hold a New Jersey Standard Teacher of English certificate. Rhode Island certificate is being processed. Applying for New York certificate.

I teach English, plan lessons, engage students, and am searching for a full-time, permanent teaching position.

Teacher of English

James J. Ferris High School

September 2008August 2012 (4 years) Jersey City, NJ

Raised $11,000.00 in grant money for resident poetry program Poetry Out Loud. Raised $4,000 through Adopt-A-Classroom for English Department supplies. Created and advised the school Drama Club (produced "The Odd Couple- the female version" and "A Raisin in the Sun." Created and advised the school Book Club.

I am an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher. I recieved only positive evaluations while at James J. Ferris. I was known for giving students copious feedback on their writing assignments, and use the Peter Elbow 5-point writing process. I incorporated experiential exercises into my lesson plans to increase student engagement. I also used popular culture to reinforce universal themes in classic literature. My MAT thesis was on "Using popular culture to enhance higher order thinking skills."

Adjunct Professor

New York University

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

May 2007September 2007 (5 months)

Designed and implemented a course in music business trends.

Adjunct Professor

Baruch College

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

September 2003December 2005 (2 years 4 months)

Taught a course for five semesters on music business studies through the continuing education department.

Vice President of A&R

Interscope Records

Public Company; 201-500 employees; Music industry

January 1999November 2005 (6 years 11 months)

Signed and developed gold and platinum selling artists such as The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Queens of the Stone Age. Worked with many other artists both here in the U.S.A. and internationally.

Senior Director of A&R

A M Records

19931999 (6 years)

Worked with gold selling artist Monster Magnet and many others including Patty Griffin, Eleven and Korrupt.

Manager of A&R

EMI Records

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; Music industry

19911993 (2 years)

Signed gold selling artist Blessid Union of Souls, also publicly acclaimed New York rock band DGeneration.

Label Manager

Rockville Records

Sole Proprietorship; 1-10 employees; Music industry

19891992 (3 years)

Signed Uncle Tupelo who later became Wilco and Son Volt. Licensed many critically acclaimed international artists from Creation Records and others.

Debbie Southwood-Smith's Skills & Expertise

  1. Social Media
  2. Social Networking
  3. Event Management
  4. Digital Media
  5. New Media
  6. Blogging
  7. Public Relations
  8. Fundraising
  9. Music Publishing
  10. Facebook
  11. Editing
  12. Marketing
  13. Teaching
  14. A&R
  15. Creative Writing
  16. Press Releases
  17. Record Labels
  18. Proofreading
  19. Curriculum Development
  20. Nonprofits
  21. Publicity
  22. Curriculum Design
  23. Research
  24. Media Relations
  25. Newsletters
  26. Music Education
  27. Community Outreach
  28. Classroom Management
  29. Marketing Communications
  30. Music Production

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Debbie Southwood-Smith's Education

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Master's degree, Education


Activities and Societies: Board member of Words and Music Festival, Featured in Rolling Stone's on-line magazine in August 2008 for her change in career (music executive to teacher). Presented a workshop on pedagogy and contemporary music at Fairleigh Dickinson's Madison, NJ campus in November 2008.

Emerson College

B.S., Mass Communication


Activities and Societies: Station Manager, Program Director and Promotion Director of WERS-FM. Graduated Dean's Honor List.

Debbie Southwood-Smith's Additional Information


Certified yoga instructor. Creative writing. Reading both classical and popular fiction. Spending time with my two dogs. Following the NFL (NE Patriots fan forever!). Fashion maven. Lover of all the arts- musical, dramatic theatre, film, visual, high and low...

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