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Mrs. Caren Thomas

Welcome to the WONDERFUL world of 3rd Grade!!! 

The first day of school is August 29, 2022We will have a chance to meet prior to the first day on August 23 from 5-7pm in Room 206.  In the meantime, here is a little bit about me...

My name is Caren Thomas and I am so happy to be your child's teacher! This is my tenth year at MCES, but my second year as a Third Grade teacher. I am so excited to be team teaching with Ms. LaMunyon and Mrs. McClean.  I will be your child's English Language Arts, whereas Ms. LaMunyon will teach your child Math, and Mrs. McClean will teach Science, Social Studies, and Writing.  I am thrilled to begin this exciting adventure with all of my students.

I graduated from College of St. Elizabeth with a B.S. in Business Management and later pursued alternative licensure in Elementary Education at East Carolina University.  I consider myself a lifelong learner because there is always new information or skills to discover!

My husband and I are originally from New Jersey, but moved to North Carolina in 2005. We live in Archer Lodge with our boys. Our oldest son, Jacob, who is 25, is a UNCW graduate.  He now has a successful career in computer science and is living in Charlotte. We are so proud of him! We also have 13 year old identical twin boys, Justin and Breyden, that are heading into eight grade this year. They are our energetic, funny, smart, Mario and Luigi-loving boys!

I look forward to partnering with you to make this a successful year for your child. Together, we can make this an incredible learning experience.

A few of my favorite things:

Things to do: Beach, Reading, Movies, Making Family Memories

Color: Teal, Pink

Food: Pizza

Treats: Chocolate, Diet Coke

Restaurants: Carraba's, Fiesta Mexicana

Season: Summer
Books: Love You Forever, Charlotte's Web  

If at any time you need to contact me, my email is 

My contact number is (919) 894-7161.

The best time to reach me is during my planning (9:10-9:55am)


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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