West Side Roots
Clayton Adams is a life-long resident of Cincinnati’s West Side. Clayton was born and raised in East Price Hill on Hawthorne Avenue. Clayton’s parents divorced when he was five years old and his mother eventually ended up moving to West Price Hill on Suire Avenue, while his father kept his home in East Price Hill. As a child, Clayton attended Holy Family Grade School in East Price Hill as well as Elder High School where he graduated in 2008. Clayton was an active student during his time at Elder; Clayton ran cross country, was a member of the Elder Seinfeld Club, and was the Opinion Section Editor of Elder’s newspaper, The Purple Quill. While attending Elder, Clayton developed a strong love for serving others and volunteering within his community. Clayton is passionate about improving Cincinnati’s west side and believes there are many benefits to living and raising a family in such a close-knit and diverse community.
College and Beyond
After graduating from Elder High School, Clayton attended the University of Cincinnati. Clayton majored in Secondary Education and graduated in December of 2012 with a Bachelors of Science in Secondary Education, and a license to teach Social Studies in the state of Ohio. Clayton began substitute teaching within the Mt. Healthy and Northwest local school districts. Clayton eventually found full-time employment at Hillcrest Academy in August of 2013, teaching Social Studies. Hillcrest Academy is a year-round school for adjudicated minors, serving students mostly from Hamilton County. During his time at Hillcrest, Clayton began working on obtaining an additional license to teach individuals with special needs. In 2014, Clayton landed his dream job at Aiken High School, a Cincinnati Public School.
Passionate About Education
Clayton leads a self-contained Autism Unit classroom at Aiken High School and teaches individuals with moderate-to-severe autism. Clayton is passionate about improving our public education system, particularly advocating for individuals with disabilities. Education has been a focal point of Clayton’s life and he is a trusted supporter of our local public school districts. Clayton’s main inspiration to seek public office is to end the attack on public education and improve Ohio’s educational standing which has been on the decline in recent years.
Clayton is engaged to his life partner, Yula Nzioki. Additionally, Clayton is a loving father to Idris and Evelyn, twins that were born in 2016. Clayton is an avid Bearcat football and basketball fan, as well as a fan of the Bengals and Reds. Clayton spends his free time creating YouTube videos and playing video games.