Phone: (919) 989-6418


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education/Special Education Birth - 2nd Grade with a concentration in Psychology. Dual Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education/Special Education Birth - 2nd Grade. Birth - 2nd Grade General Education (New York) Birth - 2nd Grade Students with Disabilities (New York) K-6 General Education (North Carolina) K-6 Exceptional Children (North Carolina)

Valerie Rodriguez

Greetings everyone! I am so excitied to begin my career in North Carolina at West Smithfield Elementary School. I moved to North Carolina in 2017 and I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.  I have taught in the field of early childhood education since 2005. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education/Special Education Birth - 2nd Grade with a concentration in Psychology and I have a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education/Special Education Birth - 2nd Grade. In my classroom, you will hear singing voices, see hands-on-learning experiences, teamwork, and students will given many opportunities to learn and grow from themselves and each other. The student plus the parent plus the teacher is a formula for success!

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School Announcements

  • JCPS Preschool Applications Now Open

    Johnston County Public Schools 2022-2023 Preschool Applications are ready for your students that will be 3 or 4 years old on August 31, 2022. North Carolina does not have universal Preschool, therefore you do have to apply and qualify for one of our Preschool slots. 

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  • Student Led Conferences - Tuesday February 8, 2022

    Join us on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 from 4:30-6:30 for our Student Led Conferences - A View From the Eagle's Nest.  Students will  inform their parents about how they're doing, what their goals are going forward, and what kind of learners they are.  This is a chance for our Eagle's to showcase their learning and accomplishments!

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  • Read to Achieve Testing

    The goal of Read to Achieve legislation, which became law in July 2012, is to ensure that every student reads at or above grade level by the end of third grade. This law requires students who are not proficient on third grade reading standards after the student attempts all of the possibilities for promotion, to be placed in one of three situations for the following school year...

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  • School Supply Lists - 2021/2022

    School Supply Lists are here for the 2020/2021 School Year.

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  • **PowerSchool Parent Portal**

    Parents, If you have not received your login for the Parent Portal, PLEASE update your child's records with a current email address. You will need to send a note with your child to have your email address updated. Please include your name, your child's name, and your current email address on the note. Mrs. Williams will then be able to update your records and activate your PowerSchool Parent Portal login.

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JCPS Announcements

  • 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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