Michael Whitley

Phone: (919) 553-5811


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science in Zoology, North Carolina State University

Michael Whitley

I am very excited to be joining Clayton Middle School this year! I am entering my seventeenth year teaching and have also worked as a healthcare recruiter and optician.  I grew up running around barefoot in the muddy creeks of New Bern and nearby Bogue Banks fishing, crabbing, and swimming.  I came to Raleigh after high school to study Zoology at N.C. State.  A summer trip out West introduced me to the Colorado mountains, which enticed me to take a semester off school and then later return after graduation, where I got a job managing a small optical lab.  I eventually bacame homesick and returned to North Carolina.  Inspired by a thrilling and rigorous high school class called Coastal Biology, I decided to become a teacher.  I began teacher training at NC State while working in the classroom as a lateral entry teacher.   Over the years I have had the privilage to have been trained in STEM and International Baccalaureate pedagogy.  I strive to bring a rich, challenging, and exiting experience to all of my students in the classroom.  When not teaching, I enjoy working around the yard, reading, sailing, and watching N.C. State athletics.

  • Homeroom                  7:45-7:50

    Period 1                      7:53-9:08

    Period 2                      9:11-10:26

    Planning                     10:29-12:04

    Period 5/Lunch            12:07-1:52

    Period 6                      1:55-3:10

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  • Graduation Ceremony Information

    At this time, all traditional high school graduations are still planned for May 29. Graduation ceremonies for Johnston County Early College Academy and Johnston County Career and Technical Leadership Academy will now take place on May 16th, rather than the original date of May 15th.

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  • COVID-19 District Updates

    JCPS has created a COVID-19 COmmunication website. This site features all of the latest information surrounding COVID-19, including meal sites and delivery information, support opportunities, learning at home, and more.

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  • Board of Education Budget Work Session set for April 27

    The Johnston County Board of Education will hold a budget work session on Tuesday, April 27. The meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m. and be held in the Evander Simpson Building in Smithfield.

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