Michelle Clayton

    Executive Principal
    Richard Yoakley School
    Main Phone (865) 594-3790 
    Fax Number (865) 594- 3770
    Cell Phone  (865) 245-9063 

    Principal’s Message

    I am excited and blessed to be the principal of Richard Yoakley School. My career as an educator began as a teacher at RYS. The experiences I gained at RYS allowed me to discover an educational community beyond mainstream public education that changed my perspective on student learning. I was, and continue to be, inspired by the teachers and support staff’s dedication and drive to reach their students, not only academically, but also in ways that met their social-emotional needs.

    I am dedicated to serving the students and families at RYS. As the school principal, I will empower and support the RYS faculty to provide a student-centered structured learning environment. Students will be challenged academically in addition to developing behavior management skills that will prepare them for future success.

    "Treat a man as he is, he will remain so. Treat a man the way he can be and ought to be, and he will become as he can be and should be." - Goethe



    University of Tennessee: Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership

    University of Tennessee: Masters in Educational Administration

    University of South Alabama: Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education

    Leadership Experience:

    2019 -  Present - Executive Principal Richard Yoakley School

    2018-2019 - Assistant Principal Austin-East High School

    2017-2018 - Assistant Principal Central High School

    2016-2017 - Administrative Assistant West High School

    2012-2016 - Correctional Principal Mountain View Youth Development Center

    2010-2012 - Principal Florence Crittenton Agency







  • Michelle Clayton