I hope you all have a wonderful summer vacation! Hopefully, we will be back to normal without a mask in August.
Degrees and Certifications:
BS Degree in Elementary Education from East Carolina University
Mrs. Lisa Underwood
Welcome to my McGees Crossroads Elementary (MCES) website! My name is Lisa Underwood, and I am a second grade teacher. I have been teaching for 23+ years. I began my teaching career in Greenville, North Carolina shortly before graduation from East Carolina University. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, with a concentration in Child Studies. I worked two years at South Greenville Elementary while teaching second and third grade. During those two years, I met my soon-to-be-husband, who resided in Wake County, so I moved to begin planning our wedding. We were married in July 1999, and as soon as we returned from our honeymoon, I was hired at McGees Crossroads Elementary to start the 1999-2000 school year. My husband, Wayne and I have two healthy, smart, and beautiful girls. They both attend/ed Johnston County Public Schools and are very successful academically and athletically. Our older daughter, attends Appalachian State University and is on the dean's list (all A's). Our younger daughter will be attending West Johnston in the fall and plans to play 3 sports.
In my free time, I love going to Lake Gaston at our family home wake surfing, wake boarding, water skiing, snow skiing in the mountains and cooking. As a family we also enjoy playing golf together, attending church, going to football games, watching our daughter play club soccer and traveling. Family time is extremely important to my husband and I. I am not one for sitting still for very long and neither are our girls. As we see it, we get one chance at parenting and raising our children, getting them involved on teams, clubs, and at church. Therefore, we are giving it all we have while we have them under our roof!
This is going to be an awesome school year and I look forward to getting to know each of my students and their parents.
Yours in education,
Mrs. Lisa Underwood
Our district is launching a new portion of our website to further communicate bus delays and replacements with our families. We encourage those who have a student who utilizes our transportation to get to or from school to visit www.johnston.k12.nc.us/busdelays for updates on our school bus routes beginning Tuesday, January 18.
North Carolina schools are required to administer ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 to all students identified as English Learners (ELs) in the spring of each year to determine their progress in learning English. Each student is tested in four areas: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. This assessment helps us monitor their English language development.
Our district is continuing to follow the guidance and recommendations from the Johnston County Public Health Department, the CDC, and the Strong Schools NC Toolkit, and we will now adhere to a 5 day quarantine period for students or staff members who tests positive for COVID-19. This is a change from the previous 10 day quarantine time.
Johnston County Public Schools is participating in the Test to Stay Program, a voluntary study with Duke University and the ABC Collaborative. Due to that participation our students now have more options if they are deemed a close contact to a positive COVID-19 case while at school.
The Johnston County Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the 2022 Johnston County Public Schools salary schedule at their regularly scheduled Dec. 14 meeting.