Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Karen Villanueva-Sierra
Miss Villanueva proudly hails from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She resides in Clayton, NC since the age of twelve-years old and attended three Johnston County Public Schools (Clayton Middle, Riverwood Middle and Clayton High). She is excited to return back to Clayton High School as an Interim Spanish Teacher were she will use her own cultural experiences, leadership skills and knowledge in the Spanish Language to pour back into her students and the school that once gave her everything.
In her time at Clayton High, Miss Villanueva served as a student-leader and student-athlete. She was a member of the following sports team and extracurricular activities:
- Junior Varsity and Varsity Cheerleading Team 2010-2014
- Varsity Track and Field Team 2010-2014
- Miss Clayton High School Pageant Contestant 2013
- 2nd Runner Up
- Carmen Whitley - Exemplary Award
- Student Body President at Clayton High 2013-2014
- Honors Chorus and All County Honors Chorus 2013-2014
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes 2013-2014
Miss Homecoming Queen at Clayton High 2013
- Miss Clayton High School Pageant Contestant 2014
- Miss Congeniality
Miss Villanueva is also a proud alumna of the Illustrious North Carolina Central University located in Durham, NC. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Law Enforcement and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law in May 2018. In her four years at North Carolina Central University, she had the privilege to uphold many student leadership positions such as Miss Freshman, Student Activities Board-Cultural Arts Chair, Orientation Leader for 1st Year Students, Chancellor's Ambassador, Miss Alpha Phi Alpha 2016-2017 and served as one out of the five Chapter Founders (Charter Members/Spring 2017 Initiates) and first President of the Alpha Beta Chapter of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc.
In her spare time, Miss Villanueva likes to spend time with family and friends, singing and dancing, compete in scholarship and beauty pageants and serve her community.
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.
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.