By Latisha Gray
The Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP) announced Monday that Stephanie Johnson, principal of Maynard Jackson High School in Atlanta Public Schools (APS), has been named Principal of the Year. Johnson was surprised with the news from GASSP and APS leaders.
“School administrators in Georgia, as well as the entire nation are extremely proud of Stephanie’s accomplishments at Maynard Jackson High School,” said Melton Callahan, executive director of GASSP. “On behalf of Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti from the National Association of Secondary School Principals and GASSP, we are pleased to recognize outstanding school principals like Stephanie who personify excellence in providing quality leadership to their school communities.” The honor recognizes principals who excel in educational leadership, resolve complex problems, and provide community service.
“A respected neighborhood high school like Maynard Jackson High School demands the leadership of an exciting, dynamic educator at the helm,” said Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen. “With Principal Stephanie Johnson, this school has such a leader many times over. And, I am thrilled that Principal Johnson is getting the recognition that she deserves, so we salute her for this deserving honor from the state.”
Johnson has been a high school principal for 10 years, including four at Maynard Jackson. She will represent Georgia for the National School Principal of the Year award during a ceremony in September in Washington, DC. “It is a great honor to be recognized by GASSP as Principal of the Year,” said Johnson. “The strength of education comes from strong leadership. I appreciate the opportunity to have such a great career where I can grow as a leader and help give students an opportunity to transform their lives and become successful adults.”