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Gwen Johnson (M.S.A. ’03) named Durham Public Schools’ principal of the year

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Gwen Johnson

Gwen Johnson, principal of Mangum Elementary School in Bahama, N.C., was chosen as Durham Public Schools’ 2009-2010 Principal of the Year. Superintendent Carl Harris made a surprise visit to the school on Oct. 28 to present Johnson with the award. She will represent the school system in the North Carolina Wachovia Principal of the Year competition.

 “Gwen Johnson is a very well-seasoned elementary educator with a passion for her job like few principals I have known,” said Superintendent Carl Harris. “Her dedication to her students, their families and the teachers in her school is evident in the school’s overall climate and student achievement levels. Gwen will represent us extremely well at the regional and state levels.”

A committee of former principals of the year and Durham Public School administrators selected Johnson. Next, she will advance to the regional level, and then six regional winners will move to the final level. One principal will be selected from these regions and will be awarded the North Carolina Wachovia Principal of the Year award.

Johnson holds two master’s degrees ─ one in school administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the other in education from North Carolina Central University.

She has been principal of Mangum Elementary since 2004, and previously taught at several different schools in the area. From 1999-2004, she was director of instruction at Oak Grove Elementary School in Durham.