Jeremiah Johnson decided he wanted to come home and in doing so has made the jump from the Allen Independent School District to the Van Alstyne Independent School District. Johnson has been hired as the Van Alstyne High School assistant principal.
It might be a jump going from a district consisting of more than 20,000 students and comprising 17 elementary schools, three middle schools, a freshman center and a large high school to VAISD which has three schools total, but it is a homecoming of sorts for Johnson as he lives just west of Van Alstyne.
"It was the right move at the right time. I was looking for the right opportunity — the right district, the right school, the right community," said Johnson. "I found it in Van Alstyne."
Johnson spent the past two years as the assistant principal at Ford Middle School and four years prior to that as an eighth grade U.S. History teacher and a football, basketball and track coach. In the 2009-10 school year he was named the Campus Teacher of the Year and the District Teacher of the Year. Johnson also served as the social studies department chair and on the district TEKS team for pre-AP curriculum and was the campus sponsor for Turning Boys 2 Men Leadership Academy. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern New Mexico University and a Master of Education from Lamar University.
Johnson, who described himself as "hands-on" said he enjoyed his time in Allen, "I loved the district and had great relationships there" but is right where he wants to be.
"Van Alstyne ISD is an up-and-coming premier district, and I’m glad to be here," said Johnson.