UA Communications

  • The goal of the Communications Department at Union Academy is to provide quality, relevant, and up-to date information for all employees, students, families, and members of the community and media. We accomplish this through both print and digital media. The Union Academy website is a major source of information. Publications, newsletters, brochures, banners, handbooks, and postcards are also produced and printed by the Communications Department. Specific standards and guidelines have been set to ensure all Union Academy communications, publications, and other collateral present a strong, consistent public image and brand of the school. Please consult the Union Academy Communications Standards Manual and Style Guide when writing, editing, designing, or presenting on behalf of the school.

What We Do

  • Internal Communications

    • Ensures consistency of Union Academy brand on all district-level communications, including print, broadcast, and online
    • Writes and produces key district publications
    • Acts as a consultant for other departments as they produce publications
    • Approves communications and documents for school-wide dissemination

    External Communications

    Media Relations

     The Communications team oversees all communication between the school and the news media. 


  • NCSPRA  2022 Awards

    • Best of the Best - Image and Graphic Design
    • Digital Media Engagement - Spirit Week Videos
    • Digital Media Engagement  - UA Athletic Award Graphics
    • Digital Media Engagement - Teacher of the Year Videos
    • Electronic Media - Come Work at UA! Recruitment Video
    • Photography -  UA Spirit Parade
    • Image and Graphic Design - UA Cartoon Poster (Best of the Best Award)
  • NCSPRA  2021 Awards

    • Best of the Best - Photography
    • Electronic Media - UA 20th Anniversary Video
    • Photography - Spirit Parade
    • Photography - Field Day
    • Publications - Cardinal Courier Holiday 2020
    • Special Events and Programs - Kindergarten Orientation

Contact Us

  • Jennifer Sutton Smith graduated from Wingate University with a degree in English and Education. She began her career as a teacher and coach in Union County Public Schools.

    In 2006, Jennifer joined the staff of Union Academy as an English teacher and yearbook adviser. During her tenure, she also held the position of instructional coach and was promoted to communications director in 2018.

    She holds certificates in AP Literature from the College Board and in Grant Writing from the University of Georgia. 

    Jennifer is a member of the Monroe Rotary Club and North Carolina School Public Relations Association.

    Jennifer and her husband, Ray, have two children, Delaney and Nicholas, who both graduated from Union Academy.