Alumna named Arkansas Superintendent of the Year

Release Date: 11/10/2011

Clarksville, Ark. --- Greenwood School Superintendent Dr. Kay (Bridges) Johnson, a 1977 Ozarks graduate, has been named the Arkansas 2011-12 Superintendent of the Year by the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators.

Greenwood School Superintendent Dr. Kay (Bridges) Johnson '77

Greenwood School Superintendent Dr. Kay (Bridges) Johnson, a 1977 Ozarks graduate, has been named the Arkansas 2011-12 Superintendent of the Year by the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators.

In presenting the award, AAEA Executive Director Richard Abernathy said he's known Johnson for more than 20 years. She was chosen to receive it, he said, in appreciation for her distinguished service to Arkansas administrators and her exemplary leadership as Greenwood's superintendent.

Award criteria include leadership for learning, communication, professionalism and community involvement. Each state association chooses a state Superintendent of the Year who are then in the running for National Superintendent of the Year. The national award will be announced in February at the AASA National Conference on Education in Houston.

"We have 239 school districts in the state and 16 charter schools, and out of all of them, Dr. Johnson will represent Arkansas at the national conference," Abernathy said.

Johnson has served as Greenwood superintendent since 2002. She was University of Arkansas at Fort Smith Area Secondary Center director from 1991-2002, County Line superintendent from 1991-99 and County Line Elementary School principal from 1986-91. A Greenwood native, she began her teaching career as a Greenwood Elementary fifth-grade teacher in 1978 and taught there for seven years. She holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Ozarks and a master's degree, an educational specialist degree and a doctorate of education from the University of Arkansas.