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Front Page - Friday, May 29, 2020

Johnson is honored as Southeast Tennessee Superintendent of the Year




Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Bryan Johnson speaks with a student. The Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents has named Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Bryan Johnson the Southeast Tennessee Superintendent of the Year. - Photograph provided

The Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents has recognized Bryan Johnson, Ed.D., superintendent of Hamilton County Schools, as the Southeast Tennessee Superintendent of the Year.

TOSS chose Johnson based on his leadership in learning, communication, professionalism and community involvement, the organization stated.

Johnson holds community listening sessions each year to bring the general public into the budget setting process to determine priorities.

He also has sit-downs with teachers to hear how district policies impact the classroom and what he can do to help teachers be even more effective in reaching children.

Johnson also has a Teachers Cabinet that shares ideas with him to improve results for children.

To gain the perspective of his students, he has the Superintendent Student Advisory Council provide him with insight into how students view their school experience.

Johnson just completed his third school year with Hamilton County Schools. He will be one of eight finalists for Tennessee Superintendent of the Year.

Since Johnson took over the school system in July 2017, the district has moved from 130th in student growth in Tennessee to the second ranked district in student growth, making Hamilton County Schools the fastest improving district in Tennessee.

Additionally, the district was at level one in the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System in 2017 and is now at level five – the top level for academic growth in the state. Hamilton County Schools earned level five as a district overall and in every individual category.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be selected by your peers, who themselves are doing great work for children each day,” Johnson says. “The selection is a testament to the hard work of our great teachers, leaders and community.”

In February, Education Week selected Johnson as one of its Leaders to Learn From for 2020. Education Week honored Johnson for bringing Future Ready Institutes to Hamilton County Schools and the impact those have on preparing graduates for the future.

Source: Hamilton County Schools