HJ/EDMay 22, 2006

Gary Johnson chosen as middle school principal

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

After two rounds of extensive interviews, DC meida specialist Gary Johnson has been chosen for the Middle School Principal position last week.

Johnson has been the high school media specialist for 19 years, but is looking forward to working with the middle school staff and students.

He had chosen to apply for the principal position for the opportunity to have “a greater impact on student learning,” Johnson said.

He is also interested in continuous improvement; taking a good school and making it even better, Johnson stated.

“Learning is a lifelong activity,” he said.

Johnson explained how important it is to get the parents as well as the community involved with the school.

Before working at DC, Johnson was an English teacher for seventh and eighth grade students. “I had hoped to get back to that (age group),” he stated.

Johnson explained how he has always been fascinated with that particular age group because there is no only learning issues but also growth and development issues kids face at that age.

Johnson is a “high quality, experienced, mature candidate and will do a fantastic job,” Powers continued.

The interview process

There were 65 applicants and 10 were chosen for the first screening interview and four were chosen for the second round of interviews among a panel of 17, according to current Middle School Principal Jeff Powers.

The panel included those representing the adult stakeholder groups consisting of parents, teachers, administration, staff and school board members.

The two-part interview included the four finalists, Ashby Schools K-12 principal Roger Jansen, Mike Coquyt 7-12 from Kerkhoven-Murdoch-Sunburg, and Buffalo Middle School Teacher Tim Prom and D-C Media Specialist Gary Johnson.

“There was a broad range of experience working with many different age groups,” Powers said.

Johnson’s July 1 employment is pending school board approval at the Thursday, May 25 meeting.

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