According to a press release issued by the board of education, Johnson has served as superintendent since Jan. 1, 1999. Prior to his position with Ashe County Schools, Johnson served as Executive Director of Operations and Personnel in the Mount Airy City Schools.
In 16 years with Mount Airy City Schools, he also served as principal at Mount Airy High School for five years and three years as principal at Jones Elementary School. Prior to his involvement with Mount Airy schools, Johnson had taught as well as coached at Pilot Mountain Elementary School in Surry County. Altogether, Johnson has spent 32 years of his life in the educational setting.
Johnson commented on his tenure in the superintendent capacity and his staff at the board of education.
“It was a great situation with me and Ashe County,” Johnson said. “The board of education staff has been very helpful and I feel that we have done a lot of positive things for the schools.”
Although retirement looms on the horizon for Johnson, he has not decided what he will do after his retirement this summer or if the Johnson family will remain in the county.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” Johnson said. “I just decided to do it because the time felt right for me.”