ASHVILLE – Janet Johnson is the new principal at Ashville High School. While this is her first time being a principal, Johnson is accustomed to the administrative role. For the past 10 years, she was the assistant principal at Clay-Chalkville Middle School.
When asked if it was a huge adjustment, Johnson said yes due to the fact middle school and high school students are just so different.
“Different in the culture of the school, the way kids work, their mentality, etc.,” she said. “Scheduling is totally different. Mainly, it is the responsibilities between an assistant principal and principal are just totally different.”
Johnson is a 1979 graduate of Minor High School. She earned her B.S. Degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
After UAB, Johnson became a teacher at Hewitt-Trussville Middle School teaching physical education and dance for three years before moving to the classroom teaching eighth grade Science for the next 16 years. The last six months of her career was at Hewitt-Trussville High School teaching Biology.
During this time, Johnson was continuing her education and earned an Administrative Degree from the University of Alabama.
“My first couple or three weeks at Ashville High have been a real big learning curve,” she said. “I’ve just been trying to get a grasp on the differences in the school system policies and just the responsibilities of being a principal itself.”
Johnson said she was not hired until Aug. 1, and then school started a few days later.
“I was just trying to get to know my teachers and staff,” she said. “We met, and I asked questions, and they asked questions. I wanted to know positive things about the community, and learned what areas we needed to work on that I could help them with. It’s all about building relationships, and I really had to hit the ground running.”
Johnson said it has all been great and everyone has been wonderful.
“I only wish I could have had a little more time to get to know the faculty and staff before school started,” she said. “I’m learning so many different things all at one time.”
Johnson and her family continue to live in Trussville. She and her husband, Dusty, have been married 30 years. They have one son, Tyler, 27, who is a neuro intensive care nurse at UAB, and one daughter, Karleigh, 21, a senior at the University of Alabama, who is studying to go into the medical field as well.
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