Phone: 919-934-8979 ext. 5744


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelors of Science: - Early Childhood Education - Special Education Certifications Include: - General Education K-6 - Special Education K-6

Mrs. Cali Durning-Smith

Hi there!! Welcome back to another school year at SSE!

My name is Cali Durning-Smith. If you happened to know me in years past, you will see that I have added a new last name. That is because I recently got married this summer! Here are a few things about me.... This is my 6th year of teaching at SSE. I am originally from Maryland, but relocated to Pittsburgh, PA. There, I received my degree in Early Childhood and Special Education from Robert Morris University. In July of 2016, I moved to NC to begin my teaching career. I am a HUGE Ice Hockey fan! I love watching the Pittsburgh Penguins and try to go to as many NHL games as possible each season. It is really awesome having another NHL team- the Carolina Hurricanes, down here in Raleigh. My husband and I are Canes Season Ticket Members, so I am so excited to be watching lots of live Hockey this year. I have always wanted to be a teacher... it is my passion! When I am not at school, I am usually watching movies and spending time with family, friends, and my sweet pup; Lila.  I am continuing to serve as one of our Exceptional Children's teachers for Kindergarten, Second, Third, and Fifth grade this year.

Here we come, 2021-2022 School Year!












Degrees and Certifications:

2021-2022 Schedule

Ms. Durning's Resource/Inclusion Schedule


8:50-9:05 2nd Grade Morning Meeting


9:05-9:25 2nd Grade Reading Inclusion 


9:50-10:20 2nd Grade Reading Resource


10:20-10:50 Kindergarten Reading Inclusion


10:50-11:50 5th Grade Reading/Writing Resource


11:55-12:25 2nd Grade Math Resource


12:35-1:05 Lunch


1:05-1:55 Planning


1:55-2:20 Kindergarten Reading/Writing Resource


2:20-2:50 3rd & 5th Grade Math Resource


2:50-3:20 5th Grade Math Inclusion


3:20-3:50 2nd Grade Writing Resource 





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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