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  • Blue Springs principal deemed tops in metro

  • Greg Johnson attributes his desire to become a teacher to one person, his mother Andrea.


    “My mom is a retired first grade teacher in the Blue Springs School District,” he sad. “I knew early on that I wanted to become an educator and build the relationships with my students in the same way my mom did year after year.”

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  • Greg Johnson attributes his desire to become a teacher to one person, his mother Andrea.
    “My mom is a retired first grade teacher in the Blue Springs School District,” he sad. “I knew early on that I wanted to become an educator and build the relationships with my students in the same way my mom did year after year.”
    Johnson, principal at Cordill-Mason Elementary in Blue Springs, recently received the 2013 Most Distinguished Principal Award from the Kansas City Suburban Elementary Principal’s Association. The organization, which represents 15 school districts in the Kansas City metropolitan area, is an affiliate of the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals as well as the National Association of Elementary School Principals. The goal is to promote professionalism and collaboration among all elementary school administrators in Kansas City.
    Award recipients are selected by their colleagues based on achievement above and beyond what is expected in a school program. In addition, principals must have served in that role for five years and show evidence of outstanding contributions to their school and profession. In addition to the Most Distinguished Principal Award, awards are also given out for Exemplary New Principal and Outstanding Assistant Principal.
    Johnson is in his first year as principal at Cordill-Mason after serving six years in the same role at James Walker. He said receiving the award was a “complete and total surprise” for both him and his family.
    “When I think about the Kansas City Suburban Elementary Principal’s Association, I immediately think of the outstanding administrators in the Blue Springs School District and our neighboring school districts who are members of this important association. The educational administrators in the Kansas City area are excellent, have a heart for children and have outstanding programs happening in their schools that are great for kids,” he said. “As an educator, I think it means that I have been surrounded by administrators, teachers, students and their families that are most definitely smarter than me and more talented than me.”
    Johnson grew up in the Blue Springs School District. Before starting his career as a seventh grade teacher at Moreland Ridge Middle School in 1997, he was a student at Franklin Smith. In 2004, he was recognized as the Blue Springs Teacher of the Year and then went on to serve as an administrative intern at the Liggett Trail Education Center.
    As the KCSEPA award winner, Johnson is now eligible to compete for the Missouri Distinguished Principal Award.
    “I hope that those who know me well, will take heart in knowing that they share a piece of this honor with me,” he said. “As an educator, I have tried my best to take to heart all of the wise counsel I have received over the years when it comes to what is best for teaching and learning to take place.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Johnson said while he loves his role as principal, he does miss being a classroom teacher, interacting with students on a daily basis.
    “I get to observe our teachers working with our students on a daily basis. We have the very best teachers in the Kansas City area, and to be able to help them each day is a humbling honor,” he said. “As a principal, I love that I get to work with students in kindergarten all the way through fifth grade. Each age group is so unique and fun to be around.”
     
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