Phone: BES - 919-894-4233 ext. 1324 / DRES 919-894-7771  ext. 2744


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's Degree in Teaching of Foreign Languages Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language Certificate

Ms. Leydi Parra

I was born and raised in Medellin, Colombia. I moved to the United States in 2011 and started teaching ESL in Johnston County Schools at Selma Elementary. I went back to Colombia in 2016 where I continued teaching EFL, and came back to Johnston County for the 2019-2020 school year. This is my second year teaching at Dixon Road and Benson Elementary. I love learning about other cultures and ways of living, and I love travelling, hiking, reading, and watching movies. I also love cats and dogs. My favorite color is black. I love teaching because I get to learn so many things!


    Office Hours:

    Benson Elementary Mon, Thurs: 9am-12:00pm | 1:00pm-4:00pm

    Dixon Road Elementary Tues, Fri: 9am-12:00pm | 1:00pm-4:00pm

    Wednesdays: Varies due to meetings and professional development (Dixon AM, Benson PM)

Upcoming Events

School Announcements

  • Dinner with Santa

    On Thursday, December 15, 2022, from 6pm-8:30pm, please come to school and join your DRES friends and family for Dinner with Santa. This event was tons of fun last year with games and prizes, fairy hair, food trucks, face painting, reindeer food, and, of course, SANTA!

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  • The Penguin Patch

    This year's shopping opportunity is called the Penguin Patch! Each classroom will have an opportunity to shop between December 5th and 15th. Unlike last year, this vendor does not accept online payments, but you can send cash or checks made out to DRES PTO. Gifts range in price from $0.50-$10.00.

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  • TA Toy Drive

    Our TA’s are holding their annual toy drive. Send new, unwrapped toys, appropriate for preschoolers to 5th grade, to your child’s classroom by Tuesday, December 13th. 

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  • Angel Tree Up is Up

    The first annual DRES Service Squad Angel Tree is up in the office. Stop by and check it out!

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  • BOG information for 3rd Grade Families

    Hello Dixon Road Elementary families your third grade student will be bringing home a letter explaining the Beginning of Grade (BOG) assessment. This information only pertains to third grade students and their families. I am attaching a copy of the letter here for your convenience.

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JCPS Announcements

  • JCPS to implement state-of-the-art security systems

    At the November Regular Session Board of Education meeting, the Board voted unanimously to improve safety and security in Johnston County Public Schools by implementing state-of-the-art security systems in each of the district’s schools.

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  • Updated School Nutrition Information for 2022-23

    We hope that you and your student have already noticed some of the exciting new food and  meal opportunities we are offering in our cafeterias this school year. Our new options will include more fresh produce, vegetarian options, and opportunities for students to customize their meal choice. These new offerings will be available at both breakfast and lunch. 

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  • 2022 Growth Needs Update

    Johnston County Public Schools Chief of Facilities and Construction Brooks Moore presented the 2022 Growth Needs Update to the Johnston County Board of Education at their March meeting.

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