Phone: 919-550-5311


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Cherri Bays

Welcome to Third Grade! The 2021 - 2022 school year will mark my 23rd year of teaching. I have a BS Psychology from Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA) and a BS in Education from Salisbury State University (Salisbury, MD).  I am AIG certified from Campbell University. Most of my teaching career has been here at East Clayton Elementary school. However, I taught in Virginia and California before landing here.  My experience is mostly elementary education, specifically third grade.  But, I have also taught 2nd, 4th, and 6th grades.    This school year marks my return to third grade.  I just love this school and all it has to offer the students who are educated here.  My husband and I have been married for 25 years, and we have two girls, Rylee and Campbell.  Rylee is entering her Junior year at NC State University, and Campbell will be entering her 8th grade year at Archer Lodge Middle School.  As a teacher, I am constantly growing personally and professionally.  I NEVER feel like I have things down pat.  Every year is different because every child and class is different.  When I was a new teacher is was my goal to make sure that my students left my classes having shown academic growth.  After becoming a mom, I realized that goal was not enough.  It then became my goal to help students grow socially and personally as well. As my own children entered school I learned from the best teachers that the best teachers strive to create personal relationships with their students.   My children performed better and had more enjoyable school experiences when they knew their teachers loved and cared for them.  Afterall, that is what life is all about....relationships.  The 2020 COVID19 pandemic and our current human rights movement has brought about yet another opportunity for personal and professional growth.   I don't have all of the answers to fix our current world situation, but I will promise that I will strive to be better and do better, both academically and personally to meet the needs of my students.  I will come to love your children like I do my own.  I strive to be the kind of teacher that I want for my own children to have.  That means lots of love and respect, hard work and thinking, and high expectations.  I am excited about this school year and all that I have to learn from your children!  To view classroom specific information please click on the link to the left that says News and Information.


    To see updates and information about the classroom, please click on the link to the left titled "News and Information Page". 

    Our Daily Schedule

    8:55 - 9:30 Morning Meeting

    9:30 - 10:20 Enhancements

    10:20 - 10:55 Fundations

    10:55 - 12:35 ELA

    12:35 - 1:05 Lunch

    1:05 - 1:40 Recess

    1:40 - 2:10 AIR and Science

    2:10 - 3:30 Math

    3:30 -3:55 Read Aloud/Journal Writing

    3:55 Dismissal 

    Enhancement Rotation

    This year enhancement classes last for an entire week.  Below you will find the weekly rotation schedule.  Please encourage students to wear athletic shoes on PE weeks.





    SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) 

School Announcements

  • Fee for Service Preschool Application

    We are pleased to inform you that the preschool classroom at East Clayton Elementary School has limited space available for enrollment in the Fee For Service Program for the 19-20 school year. The Fee For Service Preschool Program is designed to provide a high-quality early childhood experience. To be eligible for this program, children must be four years old on or before August 31st.

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JCPS Announcements

  • Class of 2022 Graduation Dates

    Johnston County Public Schools is pleased to announce graduation ceremony dates for our traditional high schools for the 2021-2022 school year. For questions regarding a specific ceremony, please contact the specific 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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  • 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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