Phone: 9198947161


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education UNC-Chapel Hill AIG Endorsed Student Teacher and Mentor Trained

Mrs. Betty Buchanan

     Welcome!! My name is Betty Buchanan and I'm teaching 4th grade this year. This is my 21st year teaching and my 16th year at MCES.  I started my teaching career at South Harnett Primary teaching 2nd grade. The next year, I transferred to Cleveland Elementary, where I taught 3rd grade for 4 years.  Then, when MCES opened, I served on the committee to prepare to open the school and taught for 2 years, 1 in 3rd and then 1 in 2nd.  At that time, I was expecting our first child and we decided for me to stay home.  I ended up staying home for 9 years until our 2nd child was ready to start school.  At that time, I came back to MCES, again teaching 3rd grade. Later, I moved to 4th grade, where I still am today.  McGee's is my 2nd home!! I love my students, I love teaching and I love teaching 4th grade!!  I'm a native of Johnston County and graduated from South Johnston High School and UNC Chapel Hill.  I live in Benson with my wonderful husband, Brian, our 2 amazing children, Benjamin and Brianna, and our 3 cats, JJ, Turbo, and Bella.  I enjoy spending time with my family, reading,going to the beach, playing the piano, and church.  I am passionate about reading and have a genuine love for learning, which I hope to instill in  your child!! This  year,  we only have 5 4th grade teachers, so we will have a 2-teacher team, and a 3-person team.  I will be teaming with Mrs. Cristy Adams (Math), and Mrs. Brown (Writing, S.S., Science).  I will be teaching Literacy (Reading, Spelling, and Grammar). We are very excited to have the opportunity to teach your child. It's going to be a great year!!  You can reach me through our class dojo or by phone at 919-894-7161 or email @  I look forward to a wonderful year of learning and growing together!

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    Our  Class Schedule

    Mrs. Buchanan’s Homeroom

     MCES  4th Grade Schedule


    8:30-8:50 Homeroom

    8:50 Announcements

    8:55-9:05 Morning Meeting

    9:05-10:25 1st Block

    10:25-11:05 Snack/2nd Block    

    11:05-11:35 Recess

    11:40-12:25 Enhancements

    12:30-1:00 Lunch 

    1:10-1:50 2nd Block (Continued)

              1:55-3:15 3rd Block           

    3:15-3:50 RIME Time

    (Remediation, Intervention, 

    Maintenance, Enrichment)

    *See your child's communication folder for their exact schedule.*

School Announcements

JCPS Announcements

  • 2023-2024 School Calendars Approved

    The Johnston County Board of Education approved the 2023-2024 Traditional Staff and Student Calendars at their March Board of Education meeting. 

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  • New Wellness Opportunity for JCPS Students, Staff, and Families

    Johnston County Public Schools is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, and families. With that in mind, we are excited to announce to you our partnership with Care Solace, a mental health care coordination service.

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  • JCPS to hold Job Fair on April 15

    Johnston County Public Schools will hold a Job Fair on Saturday, April 15 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at West Johnston High School.

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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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