Phone: (803) 985-1700
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Mr. Clayton Moton - Principal
Clayton Moton heads the administrative staff as principal of Dutchman Creek Middle School. Mr. Moton boasts a combined 18 years of successful middle school experience in various capacities of leadership experiences including as a decorated classroom teacher, head coach of several championship sports teams, athletics director, and reputable assistant principal. He has a diversified background of educational practices and approaches, including Middle Years International Baccalaureate (MY-IB) and AdvancED accredited STEM/STEAM educational approaches, project-based learning (PBL) and 21st Century innovative practices .
Mr. Moton found an early calling into education, dating back to his formative years as a grade school honor student in the McCormick County, SC school system. He attended Wofford College in Spartanburg and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of South Carolina Spartanburg campus, currently known as USC Upstate in 1999 with honors. As a Preferred New Teacher Recruit, he immediately began his teaching career as a fifth grade teacher at Belleview Elementary in Rock Hill. In 2001, Mr. Moton was elected school Teacher of the Year by his colleagues. In 2003, he joined the Saluda Trail Middle School staff as a middle-level science teacher, where he also coached football, basketball, and wrestling. He earned the position of Athletics Director of Saluda Trail, where he successfully supervised the academic and athletic development of over 300 student athletes yearly. He earned his Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Cambridge College in Cambridge, Massachusetts and became an assistant principal at Saluda Trail in 2008. He was named principal of Dutchman Creek in January 2018. Mr. Moton is a proud husband and father. He and his wife Leslie have two outstanding boys, Tyrinn and Treyton. His hobbies include sports photography, golf, and technological gadgets.
Under Mr. Moton's leadership, expect an unraveling commitment to making sure Dutchman Creek Middle School not only lives up to, but EXCEEDS its storied reputation as one of South Carolina’s finest schools! Go Gators!