Dr. Bryan Johnson is a native of Nashville and a proud product of the city’s public schools. He attended Austin Peay State University where he majored in business administration and played football. He holds a masters in teaching from Belmont and a doctorate in educational leadership from Trevecca.
Dr. Johnson has served as a teacher, school administrator, director of secondary schools, chief academic officer, and now is Superintendent of Schools in Hamilton County Schools, Tennessee.
Dr. Johnson has made tremendous strides to improve Hamilton County Schools in his short tenure as superintendent. In less than two years, he started the Opportunity Zone to address rapid school improvement in 12 of the district’s low performing schools. The changes averted a takeover of five of those schools by the state and led to a new partnership for improvement with the Tennessee Department of Education. Dr. Johnson launched Future Ready Institutes in the district’s high schools to make learning more meaningful for today’s teens and provide future-ready graduates prepared for success after graduation. The program was so successful in the first year that it was awarded the Urban League of Chattanooga’s Community Impact Award. Schools in Hamilton County are making great strides in technology under Dr. Johnson’s leadership. Middle schools became 1-to-1 technology schools this year providing each student with an electronic device to open a new world of knowledge for children and teachers. Plans are to expand into high schools next year with 1-to-1 technology. The district developed a comprehensive five-year action plan called Future Ready 2023 to provide a roadmap for continuous improvement in the future. He has made advancements in the arts that have led to the community being selected as a 2019 Best Community for Music Education, and the John F. Kennedy Center selected Hamilton County as an Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child Community. The district led the area in National Merit Finalists with nine, 25 schools were recognized as Level 5 schools for academic growth, and 17 schools were honored as Reward schools by the state in the past year.
Bryan is married to Candy Johnson, and they have two children Malia, a recent graduate of Hamilton County Schools, and Bryan Jr., a first-grade student in the district. He is passionate about fostering a learning environment allowing children to thrive and believes the role of public education is to ensure every child is ready for success after graduation. Dr. Johnson’s vision is for Hamilton County Schools to become the fastest improving school district in Tennessee.