Phone: 919-934-8979


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's Degree - Elementary Education Master's Degree - Education AIG Certified

Mrs. Candace Swain

Hi, my name is Candace Swain and I am excited to be your child's 5th grade teacher for the 2021 - 2022 school year! This will be my 16th year teaching at South Smithfield Elementary. I grew up here in Smithfield and attended SSE myself! My husband and I have a 9 year old daughter, Presleigh, and a 6 year old son, Camden. I love the beach, spending time with family, all things Harry Potter & Disney, Duke basketball, and being a teacher! I am a SSS graduate ℅ 2002! I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 2006 & a Master’s Degree in Education in 2008 from Campbell University. I am also AIG certified.


I love to hear from parents throughout the year. Please always contact me with questions or concerns. I would also love to hear from you if you are available to volunteer. ☺

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  • Our Class Schedule

    8:25 - 8:55      Student Arrival/breakfast (tardy bell rings at 8:55)

    8:55 - 9:05      Morning Meeting

    9:10 - 10:00    Enhancements

    10:05 - 10:55  Whole Group Reading

    10:55 - 11:55  Reading Small Groups

    11:55 - 12:20  Writing

    12:20 - 12:50  Lunch

    12:50 - 1:35    Science

    1:35 - 2:05      Recess

    2:05 - 3:20      Math

    3:20 - 3:50      POD

    3:55                Dismissal

School Announcements

JCPS Announcements

  • 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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  • JCPS to Utilize New Website for Bus Updates

    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 for updates on our school bus routes beginning Tuesday, January 18.

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  • JC Board of Education approves 2022 JCPS salary schedule

    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.

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