Degrees and Certifications:

National Board Certification in Early Childhood Generalist(2008); renewal (2018) MaEd Instructional Technology (ECU) BA Elementary Education K-6 (Campbell University) BS Business Management (University of Mount Olive) Associate's Degree in Paralegal Technology (JCC) AIG Credentials Add-on licensure in Business and Family and Consumer Science

Mrs. Amber Parker

Hello! My name is Amber Parker. I am a new teacher at Benson Middle School but I am not new to teaching. I received my teaching certification from Campbell University and my Masters degree from East Carolina University. This is my 21st year in the classroom teaching ELA and Social Studies. I have been married for 20 years and have 2 daughters, Addison, who is attending JCC and Alaina, who is a junior at SJ. We also have a four year old blue-tick coon hound named Smokey.  We currently reside between Benson and Dunn. During my teaching career, I have taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th grade. I look forward to teaching 5th grade ELA/SS for the upcoming year.

Here are a few more of my favorite things:

My favorite food is Japanese.

My favorite colors are ECU purple and turquoise blue.

My favorite drink is orange Sunkist.

My favorite place is the beach.

My favorite teams are the North Carolina Tarheels, Carolina Panthers, and the East Carolina Pirates.





    Supply List for 5th grade


    Earbuds or headphones

    1 pack of highlighters

    #2 pencils

    pencil cap erasers

    pencil pouch

    colored pencils

    hand-held pencil sharpener

    4 spiral one-subject notebooks

    2-inch binder

    3x5 index cards

    1 pack of tab dividers

    2 pocket folders

    glue sticks

    2 packs of notebook paper

    1 pair of scissors

    1 pack of small dry-erase markers

    1 pack of Post-It notes


    Wish List Items:

    hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes, Band-Aids, dry-erase markers, paper towels, colored copy paper/cardstock, extra pencils, pencil cap erasers, black Sharpies, Post-It notes, sheet protectors, glue sticks, Kleenex, zip-loc bags (quart or gallon)


JCPS Announcements

  • JC Board of Education Special Session meeting set for July 29

    A special called session of Johnston County Board of Education has been called for Thursday, July 29 at 5:00 p.m. in the Evander Simpson Building in Smithfield. The open session portions of the meeting and all announcements will be accessible to the public via the livestream available online.

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  • Deadline approaching for Transportation for 2021-22 School Year

    The deadline is quickly approaching for Johnston County Public Schools families who need transportation for their students during the 2021-2022 school year. Students who will be attending Early College or Career Technical Leadership Academy, which will begin on August 2nd, have until July 22nd to request transportation. Students who will begin school on August 23rd have until August 2nd to request transportation. This date is for all other JCPS Schools on the traditional school calendar.

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  • Summer Meal Service begins June 7

    As the school year comes to a close, JCPS meal service will now operate at 9 sites during the summer months.

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  • JCPS Outdoor Mask Mandate Lifted

    While face masks are still required in all of our indoor facilities, students, staff, and guests of our campuses are no longer required to wear a face covering when outdoors. Students and staff may continue to wear masks when participating in recess or outdoor activities if they choose to do so.

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  • 2021-2022 JCPS Preschool applications now open

    The online application for the Johnston County Public Schools Preschool Program is now available. Parents who are interested in the JCPS Preschool Program are encouraged to apply early, as availability is on a first come, first served basis. The application window closes on June 30th.

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