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Dr. Johnson named Piedmont Governor's School Director

MARTINSVILLE – A long-time Roanoke City Public Schools educator and former Army Reserve Sergeant is the new director of Piedmont Governor’s School for Mathematics, Science, and Technology.

Dr. Robert Johnson, who has served as an administrator at Lucy Addison Middle School since 2003, will assume the director’s role. “It is an honor and a pleasure to become the new Director of Piedmont Governor's School. I am passionate about helping students prepare for prosperous and productive futures, and I am humbled to have this opportunity to enrich the lives of our youth,” said Johnson, adding, “By working together as a team, we will accomplish the goals set forth for all of our students served from the four divisions to receive the proper foundation needed to achieve success in life.”

Serving students as a computer teacher, assistant principal, and principal in Roanoke City Public Schools since 1994, Johnson has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer and Business Administration, a Master’s degree in Vocational and Technical Education, and a Doctor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech. He also earned an endorsement in Administration and Supervision from University of Virginia.

The new director hopes to build PGSMST into a state and nationally recognized program by working with the faculty and staff to provide a more rigorous foundation of STEM education for the students; to help build well-rounded students by increasing their opportunities to participate in fine arts and sports; to increase diversity and minority participation at both school sites; and to continue to support students in their progression to college.

Piedmont Governor’s School governing board member and Martinsville City Public Schools superintendent Dr. Zeb Talley said, “I am pleased to have Dr. Johnson join our Governor’s School staff. Dr. Johnson will create great energy in our curriculum and will lead our staff with high expectations and vision. He will be an asset to our regional community.”

As a husband, father, coach, mentor, role-model, and father-figure, Johnson appreciates the opportunity to build relationships with students and help them overcome obstacles to achieve success in education and life. He is supported by his wife, Aisha Johnson, and his three sons, Cameron, Tyler, and Matthew.

Piedmont Governor’s School serves students in grades 11 and 12 from Danville City, Henry County, Martinsville City, and Pittsylvania County Public Schools

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