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Mark A. Johnson

Mark A. Johnson (NE '04)

Elementary Principal

Bryant Elementary School
Kearney, NE

Grade(s): K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

At the time of the Award, Mark A. Johnson was:

Windy Hills Elementary School
Kearney, NE

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary
Grade(s): 5

Biographical Information

Mark Johnson taught fifth grade for 12 years before moving into an elementary principal position, which he has held for the past seven years. He received the "Milken National Educator Award" in 2004, was a “National Blue Ribbon Award" winner in 2010, and was named “Outstanding Principal of the Year” for the state of Nebraska in 2011. His passion for education continues to grow exponentially. He uses humor, a family atmosphere, a warm cup of coffee, and the spirit of Elvis to build relationships with all those around him. He is also a national speaker and and a school climate specialist. He co-founded "Mission Monday" with his colleague, Sam Stecher. For more information, go to

Personal Message

The value of a teacher in the role of a student's education is immeasurable. Educators have an impact on the lives of children that extends far beyond the confines of the classroom. However, I believe we are not the most important person in the education of a student. Teaching according to this principle will earn more learning for the teaching investment. It will cause students to realize they are the most important person in their own education. When they discover this truth, they are empowered to accomplish anything. For more information, go to

Related Connections

Article: Why Great Teachers Blog (and How You Can Get Started)

Milestone: Mark Johnson (NE ’04) is President-Elect of Nebraska Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)

Mark A. Johnson In The News

Johnson Moves from Bryant Elementary to Sunrise Middle School Principal
The Grand Island Independent  |  Mar 27 , 2021  |  Grand Island, NE

Additional Information

School Climate, Positive Relationships