Phone: (919)359-6300


Degrees and Certifications:

Master's in brain based teaching-reading/literacy Bachelor's in Elementary Education K-6

Mrs. Newhart

Welcome to Camp!! 

My name is Karen Newhart and I am very excited about being your child’s kindergarten teacher this year.  This will be my 14th year in education and fifth year at Riverwood Elementary and I am truly blessed to be a part of this amazing family. 

I am originally from upstate NY where I obtained my Master's degree in brain-based teaching with a focus on reading and literacy.  My family has called North Carolina home for 9 years.   My husband Bill and I have been married for 26 years and have two daughters, Kaylin (23) and Amber (22).   We also have a Great Dane/Greyhound named Odin.   

I believe in creating a welcoming and safe environment where children will grow academically, emotionally, and socially while developing a love of learning.  I am dedicated to building relationships with my students that will help them to succeed not only in the classroom, but in all aspects of their everyday lives.  Families are important to our success, so together we can make a difference.  

School Announcements

JCPS Announcements

  • Public Notice: Johnston Community College Board of Trustee Vacancy

    The Johnston County Board of Education is now accepting applications for the Johnston County Community College Board of Trustee position. The deadline to apply for the vacancy is Friday, February 17, 2023.

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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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