About Me

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I am a Reading Specialist at Smithland Elementary.  I have an Administration and Supervision endorsement PreK-12, as well as, a double Masters  in Literacy and Special Education. In addition, I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History, Early Childhood Education, and Studio Art. 

In Virginia, I am endorsed in Pre-K-6, Literacy (K-12), & Special Education (K-12). 

I have been an Art teacher, Language Arts teacher, and a Reading Specialist but I enjoy teaching literacy the best!  I thrive on assisting my students to be the best learners that they can be and I love seeing them progress as readers.   I have really found my niche at Smithland.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me via email - lpurnhagen@harrisonburg.k12.va.us.


Welcome to Smithland Elementary School

Smithland Elementary School is part of the Harrisonburg City public school system.  It was built in 2008 for grades Pre-k through 4th grade.  Smithland Elementary sets very high and reasonable standards for its students.  Being an active participant in ones own learning is the goal.

Smithland Elementary School in located on 474 Linda Lane, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

Here is a link to the Smithland Home page:


Disclamer for outside links:

As with all material found on the Internet, teachers and parents should be very careful in allowing students to explore these sites unless direct supervision is provided.  Harrisonburg City Schools is not responsible for the content of various links beyond the intial levels of each site.


"Last Updated" on October 2014


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