How We Got Started
Woodcock-Johnson testing has been
offered in Western North Carolina starting over ten years ago by
Carolina Education Resource (CER). CER was originally owned and operated
by the late Wendy Coleman and later with Deb Erbach Burger as partner.
Together, they built a much needed testing and tutorial business and
offered parental training workshops. Wendy and Deb also trained several
qualified homeschool mothers to work with them as Woodcock-Johnson
A few years ago, Wendy was diagnosed with cancer. Running and operating
a business became too difficult for the two women after the news of
cancer, thus, CER dissolved.
In January of 2006, Wendy Coleman called Glenna Toney, one of her
trained and qualified testers, and asked Glenna if she would be
interested in continuing the CER tradition of offering Woodcock-Johnson
testing to 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.
We graciously and proudly welcome you to SMART and look forward to