LeAnne Smith

LeAnne Smith

EB 111
(910) 962-7348 Phone

Education Learning Community Advisor; advisor for main campus Elementary Education Majors (last names A-H, P) and Secondary Education Majors.

I have been privileged to serve students at UNCW since 2002 as an academic advisor, instructor, and liaison to community college students. I earned a BA in International Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill and worked for the Congressional Research Service in Washington DC for three years. Inspired by my volunteer service with the Northern Virginia Literacy Council, I decided to pursue additional training in education. I returned to NC, earned an M.Ed. in Reading from the Watson College of Education, and worked in NC and NY public schools teaching and developing reading programs for middle schools.

When I'm not advising students, you can find me spending time with my daughters, reading a good book (I love suggestions), and kayaking on the beautiful waterways of Wilmington and Lake Waccamaw.

Allison Rankin

EB 111
(910) 962-2291 Phone

Advisor for main campus Elementary Education majors and pre-majors (last names I-L), Special Education majors and pre-majors (General and Adapted tracks), and all Education of Young Children majors.

I earned an undergraduate degree in art history from UNC Greensboro, and a master's in library science from NC Central University. I am also an alumna of the Watson College of Education, graduating in December 2013 with a Master of Science in Instructional Technology. Prior to coming to the Watson College, I served as the director of continuing education for UNCW. I also have experience working in continuing education at the community college level in addition to working in economic development, sales and marketing (Wilma magazine and Greater Wilmington Business Journal), and university fundraising.

I love being an advisor! My favorite part is working with students, getting to know their individual strengths and interests, as well as their unique characteristics and career goals, and helping them accomplish what they set out to do. When I'm not working in the advising center, I can be found in my flower garden, walking the beach looking for shark's teeth and seashells, riding my bicycle, hiking, writing, reading or cooking.

Erika Hanson

EB 111
(910) 962-7357 Phone

Advisor for main campus Elementary Education majors and pre-majors (last names M-O, Q-Z), and all Pre-Middle Grade majors.

I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Marist College, a Master’s of Science in Communication from Illinois State University, and a Master’s of Science in Counseling from Central Connecticut State University.  Currently, I am currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership here at UNCW. Prior to my role in Watson, I worked in University College as the Coordinator for First-Year Seminar and as an Academic Advisor.I have taught at the college-level since 2002, advised students in an Educational Opportunity Program, and dabbled in Admissions and Career Counseling. My favorite part about working with students is seeing them make discoveries about their lives and themselves.

When not working, I enjoy relaxing in my hammock, traveling, binging TV, trying new cuisine, reading, laughing with friends, or spending time with my boyfriend and two cats, Vella and Izzy.

Brenna Johnson

Brenna Johnson

Jacksonville Extension Site within Coastal Community College
Administration Building Room 22
(910) 938-6738

Advisor for Extension Students majoring in Elementary and Middle Education at Coastal, Brunswick, Southeastern, James Sprunt, Sampson, and Carteret Community College sites.

I earned a bachelor of arts degree in Social Work from the University of West Florida and a master of arts degree in Counseling Psychology from City University. I most recently provided resiliency training and support services for active-duty military and their family members. I am also a licensed school counselor and provided counseling services for Onslow County Schools for five years. Other professional experience includes conducting assessments, developing treatment plans, providing individual and group counseling, as well as case management services for individuals with severe mental illness. I have also received specialized training in crisis management and administering educational tests.

In my free time, I enjoy working at my church. I am a member of the Education Ministry and serve as an Assistant Sunday School Teacher and a New Member's Orientation Teacher. I also enjoy reading, cooking, and spending time with my husband and two children.

Dean HeathHeath

EB 313
(910) 962-3087

Recruiting Specialist

I received my A.A. from Cape Fear Community College before completing my B.S. in Business Administration/Marketing at UNCW. I was a part of the first cohort to complete the Watson College of Education’s M.Ed. in Higher Education program. 

I always have a passion for helping others achieve their goals, and accomplishing my own goals along the way. Previously, I worked for CFCC for nearly nine years in the Admissions Office assisting students to realize their path and reach their personal and academic goals. When I am not working, you will find me with my wife, traveling. Some fantastic places we’ve visited include Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, St. Thomas, Ocho Rios—amazing scuba diving in St. Maarten! I love sports, notably the Carolina Panthers, and I enjoy video games, movies, food, and animals. I teach martial arts locally, and I currently hold a 3rd-degree black belt in Hapkido. 

MelissaNewcity2017Melissa Newcity

EB 111
(910) 962-7745

Administrative Assistant

I have served as the Administrative Assistant for the Office of Student Advising and Integrated Leadership since Fall 2015. I previously came from Armstrong State University in Savannah, GA where I assisted the Office of Student Life and Orientation. I graduated with my B.A. in Creative Writing at UNCW. My favorite part of my job is interacting with the students in the advising office, and at events for the Educational Learning Community and the Watson Student Leaders. I love hearing their stories and their enthusiasm about education.

Outside of the office, I am ramen-enthusiast, nerd-extraordinaire. Typically, you'll find me writing poetry, or at home playing video games with her cat, Moxxi.