Chris Johnson is a Rockstar Teacher!
Mr Johnson teaches high school History, English, Bible, PE and K-12 Chapel. Here’s a beautiful profile crafted by the Cornerstone team.
Mr. J., as the students call him, is indeed a teacher, a remarkable one at that, but it goes far beyond that. Chris Johnson founded the school in 1983. He has worn many hats since that day, and continues to wear them today. As well as the subjects mentioned, he also is the Principal, Counselor, Soccer Coach, Business Manager and Man for any maintenance in the century and a half old building. After 29 years he still arrives early and is the last to turn out the lights at night. When the average tenure for private school teachers and administrators is 3 years, he has been on the job since day one and never taken a sick day.
Whether it is the kindergartners who wait daily at his door for him to arrive after calling buses, just to engage him in play, or the high school students who want him on their basketball team, they all respect, admire and love him. He is a disciplinarian, but so approachable as well when they need him.
Salary certainly is not the motivating factor for Mr. Johnson, who could have easily made much,much more in a different setting. This is not a job to him, but an extention of his faith. He wants to give the students a safe place to grow in their academic and spiritual life. His philosophy is to teach the students how to learn, rather than from the textbooks alone. This will open up a world of opportunities for them in the future. He has seen multiple success stories in the students over the 29 years and now it their kids as well, as they enter CCA.
Words from some of the parents at CCA…
Mr. J is more than a teacher, he is a life coach.
He is a great moral example for the kids.
He is the teacher who also mows the lawn so the school doesn’t have to pay a landscaper.
Whether it be for a fund raiser, school project, or school work day, he is there before, during and the last to leave. Saturdays you will often find him and his family painting, cleaning, or catching up on his Administrative duties.
He can be stopped to answer questions, and takes suggestions so well. He sets an example that we, the parents ,want to achieve. That’s just it, it’s living by example and not having to always say what someone should do.
As Mr. Johnson soon will begin his 30th anniversary year, the CCA family would love to see Mr. J receiver the recognition he never asks for but has been long overdue in coming.
Thank you for your consideration of such a worthy candidate.
A few words from Mr Johnson himself.. 🙂
How did you get into teaching?
I was always involved in sports as a student and wanted to become a physical education teacher to help others enjoy sports. I didn’t enjoy some of the teachers I had as they only catered to the athletes. I wanted to teach in a way that kept winning in perspective and the joy of participation as most important. After receiving my B.S. Degree and teacher certification I ended up working at a church, leading their education department for ages 2 – college. After a few years, the we began to discuss the possiblity of opening a K-12 Christian school. That was 29 years ago, and the school has continued since. I could use more time to work at the administration end but the joy of teaching cannot be replaced.
What do you hope for your students?
I hope that each student will gain a clear, Christian world view that informs their actions in all they do. We want them to have a top level college prepratory education but gaining knowledge, without the integrity that can only come from one committed to God, will be wasted in selfish pursuits. I hope they become leaders in their chosen careers without compartmentalizing their faith. I hope their lives are filled with peace, joy and love. I also hope they will pass that love on to others. My hope for them is that they exemplify the love of Christ without hypocrisy.
Anything you’d like to share with us?
Teaching has many ups and downs. There are times that teachers see very little fruit in the lives of their students. If we don’t give up, we will have the joy of seeing our students as adults and knowing that we had some part in molding those lives. I am also a pastor so I have had the honor and Joy of performing weddings for a number of our graduates. That is an extra blessing. One of the most memorable moments I have experienced came at a graduation ceremony. The parents of a student who came to us in high school had watched in horror as their child got involved with the wrong crowd, with substance abuse and other poor choices. The student was with us for 3 years. At that ceremony the parents simply said, “Thank you for giving us our child back.” A few years later that student married another of our graduates and I performed the ceremony. Cant’ beat those experiences. It makes the struggles well worth it. Persevere.
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