• It was nice being back in the classroom without having to wear a MASK full time.  I hope you all have a WONDERFUL SuMmEr VaCaTiOn!  Please remember to read a book, have some fun, and be safe!  

Phone: 919-894-7161


Degrees and Certifications:

BS Degree in Elementary Education from East Carolina University

Mrs. Lisa Underwood

Welcome to my McGees Crossroads Elementary (MCES) webpage.  My name is Lisa Underwood, and I am a second grade teacher.  I have been teaching for 25+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 grades.  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.  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) for 2 years now.  Our younger daughter attends West Johnston High School and plays 3 sports: women's golf, basketball, and soccer.  She also plays soccer on a travel team.  Once again, straight A student and quite the athlete!

In my free time, I love going to Lake Gaston at our family home and wake surfing, wake boarding, and water skiing.  During the colder months, I enjoy snow skiing in the mountains and cooking.  As a family we also enjoy playing golf together, attending church, going to football games, 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. So, getting them involved is our top priority.  

I am excited and looking forward to meeting all of you to start a new school year in the fall.  I hope this will be an AWESOME school year!  


Yours in education,

Mrs. Lisa Underwood



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  • JCPS Summer Hours

    Johnston County Public Schools will be moving to summer office hours on June 13. School and district offices will operate on a four-day work week.  Offices will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursdays. The summer schedule will continue until August 11. All offices will be closed on July 4. 

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  • 2022 Summer Information Fair Dates Set

    Johnston County Public Schools is always striving to provide students and families with exemplary service. In most cases, school bus transportation is essential for many students to access a quality education. In order to meet our daily goal, it is necessary to implement change that enhances and improves our overall operation. As we prepare for the 2022-2023 school year, JCPS Transportation Services and School Nutrition will be hosting a Summer Information Fair at each high school.

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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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