paige barnes

Paige Barnes, Principal

Hello West Clayton Bulldogs!

I am super excited to continue to serve as your Principal at West Clayton Elementary School for the seventh year!

I have taught high school mathematics at SJHS and SSS.  I completed my Administrative Internship at River Dell Elementary and served at Meadow School for three years (2 as an Assistant Principal and 1 as a Principal).  This is my sixth year as Principal at WCES.

My husband, Wil, and I have been married for 18 years and have two kids, Wilmond (15) and Finley (12), and they attend Clayton High School and North Johnston Middle School.  Wil works right down the road at Grifols!

Although I started my Professional Career in Secondary Education, I have fallen in love with the Elementary School students, teachers, and parents.  I love to learn and want to instill that love in others.  When we stop learning, we stop growing!

  • BA in Math with Secondary Education Certification from Meredith College

  • MA in Math Education from NCSU

  • MSA from ECU

  • Nationally Board Certified Teacher in Mathematics for Adolescent and Young Adulthood

You can reach me via email HERE.


Sarah Willoughby, Assistant Principal

My name is Sarah Willoughby, and I am honored to be part of the administration team at West Clayton Elementary School. My husband, Jason, and I live near Princeton with our four children; Rebecca, Noah, Jack, and Luke. I attended East Carolina University as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. After graduating in 2003, I started my teaching career in Duplin County at B. F. Grady Elementary School. After two years in Duplin County, I began working in Wayne County, where I taught at Carver and Rosewood Elementary Schools. During my career, I taught third through eighth remediation, kindergarten, third, and fourth grades, and served as a Curriculum Coach. In 2015, I earned my Masters in School Administration from East Carolina University. This is my fourth year at West Clayton, and I know it will be another AMAZING year! Go BULLDOGS!

You can reach me by email HERE or by phone at 919-553-7113.