Phone: 919-550-5311


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Cherri Bays

Welcome to Fourth Grade! The 2020 - 2021 school year will mark my 22nd year of teaching. I have a BS Psychology from Old Dominion University (Norlfolk, VA) and a BS in Education from Salisbury State University (Salisbury, MD).  I am AIG cerfitified from Barton College. 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 fourth grade, and ironically enough, a return to the first classroom that I was ever assigned to here at ECES.  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 Sophomore year at NC State University, and Campbell will be entering her 7th 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 that 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 form 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.

  • Our Daily Schedule


     TBD for 2020-2021 School Year

    Enhancement Rotation

    TBD for 2020-2021 School Year


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.

    Comments (-1)
  • YMCA Summer Camp

    Camp Explorer is one of two summer day camps run by the Johnston County YMCA serving children in the Clayton area. Camp Explorer is a full-day summer camp that will keep your child active and engaged all day long! Your camper will enjoy activities such as swimming, skill development, awards, weekly themes, crafts and outdoor games. Click on the heading for more information.

    Comments (-1)

JCPS Announcements

  • JC Board of Education Special Session meeting set for July 29

    A special called session of Johnston County Board of Education has been called for Thursday, July 29 at 5:00 p.m. in the Evander Simpson Building in Smithfield. The open session portions of the meeting and all announcements will be accessible to the public via the livestream available online.

    Comments (-1)
  • Deadline approaching for Transportation for 2021-22 School Year

    The deadline is quickly approaching for Johnston County Public Schools families who need transportation for their students during the 2021-2022 school year. Students who will be attending Early College or Career Technical Leadership Academy, which will begin on August 2nd, have until July 22nd to request transportation. Students who will begin school on August 23rd have until August 2nd to request transportation. This date is for all other JCPS Schools on the traditional school calendar.

    Comments (-1)
  • Summer Meal Service begins June 7

    As the school year comes to a close, JCPS meal service will now operate at 9 sites during the summer months.

    Comments (-1)
  • JCPS Outdoor Mask Mandate Lifted

    While face masks are still required in all of our indoor facilities, students, staff, and guests of our campuses are no longer required to wear a face covering when outdoors. Students and staff may continue to wear masks when participating in recess or outdoor activities if they choose to do so.

    Comments (-1)
  • 2021-2022 JCPS Preschool applications now open

    The online application for the Johnston County Public Schools Preschool Program is now available. Parents who are interested in the JCPS Preschool Program are encouraged to apply early, as availability is on a first come, first served basis. The application window closes on June 30th.

    Comments (-1)

Upcoming Events

  • There are no upcoming events to display.

View Calendar