• 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



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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