Principal

Dr. Chris Kennedy

Phone: 919-365-7560

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Master of Education, University of Massachusetts at Lowell Education Specialist, Liberty University Doctor of Education, Liberty University

Dr. Chris Kennedy

Dr. Chris Kennedy has been an administrator in Johnston County Public Schools for over 10 years. He has previously served as principal of Selma Middle School and South Campus Middle School, and was an assistant principal at Smithfield-Selma High School. Prior to going into administration, Dr. Kennedy taught high school science and was a high school basketball coach and athletic director. He was also an assistant basketball coach at the small college level.

A native of Goldsboro, NC, Dr. Kennedy holds a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master's degree from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and a doctorate from Liberty University. He is a published author of sports and education and curriculum articles and has been a presenter of professional development and teacher and administrator training for universities and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Dr. Kennedy and his wife, a Johnston County Public Schools teacher, have been married for over 20 years and have two children. He enjoys travel and following his favorite sports teams, the Carolina Tar Heels and the Chicago Cubs. 

Assistant Principal

 Michelle Butler

Phone: 919-365-7560

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts, University of South Florida Master of School Administration, N.C. State University (2020)

Michelle Butler

Michelle Butler has 18 years teaching experience in Florida and North Carolina and was previously recognized as a Certified Teacher of the Month for Johnston County Public Schools. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida and is part of the Johnston Principal Leadership Academy at NC State University. Her certifications include Elementary Education (K-6) and Academically Gifted (K-12). Prior to coming to CHES, Mrs. Butler served as an Instructional Resource Teacher for North Johnston Middle School and a Teaching and Learning Coach at Corinth Holders High School.

Mrs. Butler is married to a principal in Wake County Schools and has two daughters who both attend Johnston County Public Schools.