Bill R. Johnson, M.Ed.

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Bill R. Johnson, M.Ed.

Chief of Strategic Planning and Partnership Development

Bill R. Johnson has served more than 20 years as a principal and district administrator in Crowley ISD.

He joined Central Administration as the Executive Director of Students Services in July 2005 and later served CISD as Assistant Superintendent. Johnson was named the Deputy Superintendent from 2008-14 and is currently the Chief of Strategic Planning and Partnership Development. Johnson has a key role in the district initiative to implement Positive Behavior and Intervention Support (PBIS) district-wide.  

“I believe that building positive relationships between students and teachers, the bridge, is the foundation to providing opportunities for academic success for all students,” Johnson said.

Johnson’s philosophy for leadership is embedded in one of his favorite quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” His dedication and commitment to excellence is summed up in another favorite quote from ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

Johnson came to CISD as the principal of Sycamore Elementary School in July 1993. During his tenure, he was the recipient of the distinguished Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers (Texas PTA) Honorary Lifetime Membership for deserving people who give instinctively of time, talent and resources beyond the call of duty.

After two successful years at Sycamore, Johnson was promoted to principal of the district’s only high school, Crowley High School, and served 10 years from 1995-2005. Under his leadership, the campus graduated about 4,500 students and experienced numerous successes and accomplishments in both curricular and extra-curricular programs, including annual recognitions from the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

In 2000, Johnson became the first principal in Texas to receive the distinguished Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award for his outstanding leadership, dedication and service to children. Considered the “Oscars in Education,” the Milken Award for Educator Excellence believe outstanding educators who continue to learn are essential to the fostering of student growth, the improvement of schools and the enhancement of the education profession.

In 2010, the Crowley ISD School Board honored Johnson by naming the new career and technology center the Bill R. Johnson Career and Technology Center. He credits the honor to the many faculty and staff members that he’s worked with through his time in CISD. 

“To have my name on Crowley ISD’s career and technology center and knowing the impact this center has on the futures of our students is a legacy that I will cherish. I had the opportunity to work with some great people and they were willing to work together to champion success for kids,” Johnson said.

In addition to his career at Crowley ISD, Johnson taught social studies in Corsicana. He began his administrative career as an assistant principal in Spring Branch ISD and Ennis ISD. Prior to becoming a teacher, Johnson was a social worker with Texas Youth Commission (TYC) and Child Protective Services (Health and Human Services Department). 

Johnson graduated from Timpson High School in rural east Texas and earned his undergraduate degree from Prairie View A&M University. He received his Master’s Degree of Education from Stephen F. Austin State University.  Johnson also gathered Special Education Certification from University of Texas at Austin and his Superintendent Certification from University of Texas at Arlington.

Johnson and his wife, Rhonda, have two daughters, Tasha and LaToya. Both daughters graduated from Crowley High School. He also has one granddaughter, Mia. He enjoys fishing, reading and gardening. Johnson says, above all, his deepest devotion is his commitment to spirituality and his family.