Katie Johnson was named the principal at Maumelle Charter High School on Tuesday.
In a letter to parents, Academic Plus CEO Rob McGill said Johnson, who has been serving as interim principal since April, had the interim tag removed “after much deliberation and consideration.” McGill added that the position had “a large pool of highly qualified candidates” and that interviews had been going for the past week.
McGill added that Johnson was principal “effective immediately.”
In addition to being the interim principal, Johnson was the school’s assistant principal and previously was the high school counselor for two years and also taught English at the school for six years.
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The position became open after Kimberly Willis resigned.
Johnson is a graduate of Conway St. Joseph and has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Central Arkansas.
Before joining the Academic Plus system, Johnson worked at UCA in the offices of vice president for student services/dean of students and the office of financial aid.
In his letter, McGill said that Johnson’s “knowledge and experience” at Maumelle Charter, “coupled with her university experience has prepared her well to lead” the school.
Johnson previously said her purpose in education, “is to help students realize their potential and inspire growth and change to make our world a better place for the next generation.”
While McGill added, “She has a great understanding of what needs to be done to move the school forward to meet the vision of becoming the ‘Highest performing college preparatory school in the nation’."
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