Dr. Bryan Johnson Named An Austin Peay Alumni Award Winner For 2019

Friday, August 16, 2019
Dr. Bryan Johnson
Dr. Bryan Johnson

Dr. Bryan Johnson, superintendent of Hamilton County Schools, has been named an Austin Peay State University 2019 Alumni Award winner. During the Austin Peay Homecoming celebration this November, Dr. Johnson will be among six alumni of the school honored.  Dr. Johnson will receive an Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

 

Dr. Johnson has led Hamilton County Schools to historic improvement and academic achievement since joining the district in July of 2017.  For the 2016-2017 school year before Dr.

Johnson’s arrival, Hamilton County Schools ranked number 130 of 144 school districts in Tennessee and received a Level 1 - the lowest level for academic growth. The following year the district ranked 77th of 146 school districts and achieved Level 3. For 2019, Hamilton County Schools improved to the number two position of 146 school districts in the state and earned the highest level of academic growth possible with a Level 5. In two years, the district improved 128 positions in academic growth rankings for the state and went from a Level 1 to a Level 5 district.  The district also had 45 schools earn Level 5 in 2019, and 32 schools received Reward status.  With the academic progress experienced in this short time, Hamilton County Schools is now the fastest-improving school district in the state of Tennessee.

 

The Opportunity Zone was started early in Dr. Johnson’s tenure to address rapid school improvement in 12 of the district’s low performing schools.  The changes averted a takeover of five of those schools by the state and led to a new partnership for improvement with the Tennessee Department of Education. Dr. Johnson launched Future Ready Institutes in the district’s high schools to make learning more meaningful for today’s teens and provide future-ready graduates prepared for success after graduation. The program was so successful in the first year that the Urban League of Chattanooga awarded the program its Community Impact Award.

 

Schools in Hamilton County have made great strides in technology under Dr. Johnson’s leadership.  Middle schools became 1-to-1 technology schools last school year, providing each student with an electronic device to open a new world of knowledge for children and teachers.  High schools are adding -to-1 technology this year.  The district developed a comprehensive five-year action plan called Future Ready 2023 to provide a roadmap for continuous improvement in the future.  Advancements in the arts led to the community’s selection as a 2019 Best Community for Music Education, and the John F. Kennedy Center designating Hamilton County as an Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child Community.   

 

After earning his Bachelor of Science in business administration from Austin Peay in 2004, Dr. Johnson received a master of teaching degree from Belmont University and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University.  He also completed studies at Harvard in the school’s Young American Leadership program. 

 

Dr. Johnson began his education career as a teacher and coach.  He quickly advanced to a school administrator, director of secondary schools, and chief academic officer all within ten years.  Johnson is a former Austin Peay football player, a Tennessee Team member for the ESSA Leadership and Learning Community, served on the board of the National Career Coalition, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, and the United Way of Greater Chattanooga.  Leadership Tennessee recently selected Dr. Johnson for its latest class.

 


Silverdale Baptist Academy Volleyball Pinks Out For Breast Cancer Awareness

Cleveland City Schools Activities For The Week Of Sept. 22

Bryan College Honors Dr. Augustine Asir


Silverdale Baptist Academy High School Volleyball hosts Hixson High School tonight for their annual breast cancer awareness pink out game. The JV game will begin at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity ... (click for more)

George R. Stuart Elementary hosts Take Your Parent to PE Week . Parents are invited to join their student in PE on Monday and Tuesday during school hours. Promoting an active lifestyle is a goal ... (click for more)

Bryan College recognized Dr. Augustine Asir for 50 years of full-time ministry and 20 years of partnership with Bryan College. A lifelong native of India, Dr. Asir is the founder of Word to ... (click for more)


Student Scene

Silverdale Baptist Academy Volleyball Pinks Out For Breast Cancer Awareness

Silverdale Baptist Academy High School Volleyball hosts Hixson High School tonight for their annual breast cancer awareness pink out game. The JV game will begin at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity at 6 p.m. Between games, a special breast cancer survivor ceremony will be held in which Silverdale high school volleyball players will honor survivors. Also during this time, Cindy ... (click for more)

Cleveland City Schools Activities For The Week Of Sept. 22

George R. Stuart Elementary hosts Take Your Parent to PE Week . Parents are invited to join their student in PE on Monday and Tuesday during school hours. Promoting an active lifestyle is a goal of PE. If we can involve our families and not just our students, we know that being active will become important for everyone! Click here for more information contact Mindy Kiser, 423-476-8246, ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Nippon Paint To Open New Facility At Tubman Site In East Chattanooga, Creating 150 Jobs

Nippon Paint will invest approximately $60 million to establish a facility at the Tubman site in East Chattanooga. Nippon Paint (USA) will create 150 jobs in Hamilton County over the next five to seven years. The city has long been trying to market the former site of the Harriet Tubman homes public housing. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Japan-based Nippon Paint Holdings Co., ... (click for more)

Duplex Damaged By Fire In East Ridge Monday Afternoon

East Ridge Fire and Police were dispatched to 806 B Donaldson Road at approximately 12:37 p.m. p.m. on Monday on a reported duplex fire. Upon arrival, all occupants were outside and heavy smoke was found to be coming from the structure. Firefighters made an interior attack locating and extinguishing the fire located in the basement of the dwelling. Mutual Aid was requested ... (click for more)

Opinion

Trump Based Evangelicals Alter The 9th Commandment - And Response

Evangelicals have sadly failed at decoding Trump's actions and fuzzy facts. In their enthusiastic endorsement of the President, they have failed to identify with language that should be heard correctly -understanding the buried meaning. Unfortunately, concentration has centered on the nuance rather than rationalization. Trump's popularity remains very high with his base, a demographic ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Teachers Bolt At Tyner

As the Hamilton County Public Schools begin the seventh week on its school calendar, it is revealed that six teachers at Tyner Academy have already quit – two in the past week – due to deplorable working conditions. According to informed sources, “Tyner’s students don't fear any repercussions from administration, students call teachers "bitch," "F**k you" and more. Students are ... (click for more)