Phone: School 919-553-7113 Fax 919-553-0930


Degrees and Certifications:

*Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Child Development *Licensure Only BK (Birth through Kindergarten)

Michelle Vega


I’m super excited to be part of the kindergarten team at West Clayton for the 2022- 2023 school year! I have worked in an early childhood education setting for more than seventeen years and obtained my teaching degree from East Carolina University. Arrgh! Go Pirates!

I spend my days in the classroom doing what I love; laughing, learning, and having fun alongside our youngest learners. My personal teaching philosophy is based on children being competent and capable drivers of their learning. I am very passionate about providing an environment where children feel confident and secure.  

I find the early years to be such an exciting time in a family’s life and I truly enjoy sharing the many trials and triumphs that we all experience as parents. I have three wonderful children. All have walked the halls here at WCES. Go Bull Dogs! I also have a pretty amazing husband too! Even though we are transplants, we have called Clayton our home for more than 23 years.

Thank you for welcoming me into your child's life! I cannot wait to meet them!

School Announcements

  •  Let's Talk About Diabetes Event for JCPS Families

    Let's Talk About Diabetes Event for JCPS Families

    Please join us on April 27th from 6:00 -7:30 p.m. as we tackle diabetes by raising awareness of the disease, educating people on prevention, and promoting early diagnosis. HABLEMOS ACERCA DE LA DIABETES: Únase a nosotros el 27 de abril de 6:00 -7:30 p.m. mientras abordamos la diabetes creando conciencia sobre la enfermedad, educando a las personas sobre la prevención y promoviendo el diagnóstico temprano.

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  • Every Student Succeeds Act Parent Notification Letter

    Every Student Succeeds Act Parent Notification Letter

    We are excited about the wonderful beginning we have had thus far working with your child. We hope your student has had a positive start to the new school year. We are also proud of our staff and the guidance they provide each and every day for our students. As a parent of a student at Cooper Academy you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct your child. Federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child’s classroom teachers, and requires us to give you this information in a timely manner if you ask for it. Please review this information further is you wish to find out more.

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  •  Family Engagement via PTA Initiatives & Events

    Family Engagement via PTA Initiatives & Events

    Thank you for supporting our School Community!

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  •  NC Read to Achieve Parent Letter

    Read to Achieve Parent Letter

    The goal is to ensure all third-grade students can read, comprehend, integrate, and apply complex texts needed for academic success and to ensure all students can meet the requirements of the Read to Achieve law (G.S. §115C-83.1) passed by the General Assembly in 2012.

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  •  Title I Family Engagement Policy

    Title I Family Engagement Policy

    The Cooper Academy Rockets are "Launching to New Heights" with your support! Thank you!

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  •  School Nutrition Meal Benefits Application for 2022-2023

    School Nutrition Meal Benefits Application

    Meal Benefit applications (free or reduced breakfast/lunch) for the 2022-2023 school year are now available. Households may apply for meal benefits using the Meal Benefit Application link listed below. Please take a moment to complete the application today to ensure your child's meal benefits are in place to start the school year. Thank you for your time.

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  •  Literacy at Home

    Literacy at Home Resource

    We are proud to announce a brand new literacy resource for our families called "Literacy at Home" provided by the NC Digital Children's Reading Initiative. Access it by using the link below: Thank you for continuing to read with our students throughout the summer months!

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  • Targeted Support & Improvement (TSI-AT & TSI-CU)

    We are sharing information with our families about the Targeted Support & Improvement State Level guidance for schools who have underperformed on state-wide assessments during the past few years.

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  • School Hours for 2022-2023

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  • Apply to Serve on the Cooper Academy Advisory Council for 2022-2023

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  • Cooper Academy School Supply List

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JCPS Announcements

  • 2023-2024 School Calendars Approved

    The Johnston County Board of Education approved the 2023-2024 Traditional Staff and Student Calendars at their March Board of Education meeting. 

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  • New Wellness Opportunity for JCPS Students, Staff, and Families

    Johnston County Public Schools is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, and families. With that in mind, we are excited to announce to you our partnership with Care Solace, a mental health care coordination service.

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  • JCPS to hold Job Fair on April 15

    Johnston County Public Schools will hold a Job Fair on Saturday, April 15 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at West Johnston High School.

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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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