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Mrs. Stephanie Leonard
Welcome to McGee’s Crossroads Elementary School, home of the Patriots! My name is Stephanie Leonard and it is my honor to serve as principal of this wonderful school. Each year it is a priority of mine to build relationships with students, parents and staff. I have been in education for 20 years and began my career as a high school science teacher. Since that point I have been an Assistant Principal at two elementary schools and have worked in the Curriculum Department for the district for 5 years before coming to McGee’s.
I am originally from Four Oaks and graduated from South Johnston High School. After attending UNC Chapel Hill (B.S. in Biology) and NCSU (B.S. in Secondary Science Education), I returned to South Johnston to teach science. While teaching, I obtained my National Boards for Science Education. I returned to school a few years later for my Masters in Administration from ECU through the Principal Fellows Program.
My husband Brian and I have been married 22 years and we have three wonderful daughters, ages 20, 17, and 5. In my free time, these three keep me very busy spending time with them and attending their activities.
I believe teachers and school staff have the power to change the lives of students each and every day, and we want to make sure we are a positive influence that they can carry with them throughout their lives. I look forward to working with the students, parents and staff this year as we celebrate all the amazing accomplishments to come! #patriotproud
If you have questions about our school, please call me or come in. My door is open and I welcome your visit.
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Mrs. Candace Westbrook
Welcome to McGee’s Crossroads Elementary, Home of the Patriots! My name is Candace Westbrook and it is an honor and privilege to serve as one of the assistant principals here at McGee’s. I am a Johnston County native and have lived here all my life. After graduating from Smithfield-Selma High School, I attended the University of Mount Olive. I began my teaching career in Wayne County as an Elementary music teacher and later in Johnston County at Riverwood Middle School. Over the past twenty two years, I have had the opportunity to learn and serve in a variety of places, including Duplin and Johnston Counties serving as a school administrator.
My husband Scott and I have been married for 25 years this coming November and we have two wonderful sons, ages 15 and 11. In our free time, these two keep us very busy spending time with them since both of them play year round sports. On any given weekend during the fall, you will find our family at all ECU home football games, GO PIRATES!
As a leader, I believe in bringing all stakeholders together to share leadership by involvement with the school environment. I look forward to building relationships with students, parents, staff and community members throughout the school year. As Tom Peters once stated, “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” It is my belief that every person can be a teacher, every place a classroom, every experience is a lesson and every child a promise. We are looking forward to the 20-21 school year where our Mission is Possible and we are Powered for Success!
If you have questions, please feel free to email, call or drop by any time.
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Mrs. Terry Reason
I am both honored and excited to become a part of this great school community. This is my 24th year in public school education. I began in the classroom as a teaching assistant then obtained my teaching degree which afforded me the opportunity to teach kindergarten and 1st grade as well as a semester of 5th grade. I transferred to JoCo in 2015 at which time I completed grad school with a focus on school administration. I completed an internship at Four Oaks Middle before being hired as the AP at Corinth-Holders Elementary for the 2018-2019 school year.
I am the mother of 2 grown men and 2 grandsons. My hobbies include reading, dancing, camping, fresh water fishing, and visiting antique shops and flea markets. I like old things- houses, furniture, cars, and people. I am a huge sports fan, especially football, soccer, and basketball. I am an avid Panthers fan though my fancave boasts of Cowboys memorabilia (a tribute to my deceased mom). I cheer loudly for Duke and NC State, but as a native North Carolinian, I can support any team from the state.
One of my greatest desires is to provide leadership that will facilitate a school where students excel and teachers thrive. I believe it is imperative that we prepare and motivate our students for a rapidly changing world by providing targeted, customized, and robust standards-based instruction, extracurricular activities, and character education. We must encourage a strong work ethic, a sense of ownership, critical thinking skills, and a global perspective that embraces the core values of respect, responsibility, honesty, loyalty, and perseverance.
It is exciting to think about all that we will achieve working together on this journey to excellence. Trust and collaboration will enable us to meet any challenges we face in a positive, solutions-oriented way. In this spirit of partnership, I invite you to contact me with any celebrations or concerns you may have throughout the year.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve your families in this role. I look forward to collaborating with the MCES parents, students, faculty, and staff towards cultivating a positive and meaningful learning community to ensure the academic, social, and emotional success for our students.