Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Erik Wilson

Principal, Mr. Wilson


Hello CIS Families,

I would like to officially welcome everyone to Clayton Intermediate School and the 2022-23 school year.  I am honored to be named the new Principal of Clayton Intermediate School and am eager to get the school year started.  I look forward to getting to know each family and strive to build positive relationships with each of you.   

At CIS our Vision is to “foster listeners, learners and leaders in every way, everyday”.  As we embark on a new school year I look forward to the challenges and celebrations that lie ahead.   I am a passionate educational leader that will work tirelessly to help each student and staff member succeed to their fullest potential.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns. 


Erik Wilson 


Clayton Intermediate School

(302) 653-4512 



Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Melissa Buchanan

Associate Principal, Mrs. Buchanan


I am so excited to be the Associate Principal at Clayton Intermediate School! I have worked in the Smyrna School District for 20 years as a high school teacher and as an instructional specialist. I am so happy to start this new chapter of my career at CIS. Over my career, I have developed a love and a passion for education, making sure that I always do what is best for kids. I find working with (and for) teachers to be highly rewarding. Together, our job is to ensure that all students learn and grow in their school environment.


I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico but I grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, and attended the University of Delaware. Later, I earned my masters from Wilmington University. My husband Ryan and I moved to Smyrna in the early 2000s when we were both teachers at Smyrna High School. Together we have two, pretty special girls - Maddie and Cate. Maddie will be in 5th grade this year and Cate is a 3rd grader. We also have a little dog named Penny.


I look forward to working with and meeting all of the new students and families at CIS. This school is a special community of people and I am so fortunate to now be a part of it!!