SPARTA, NJ – Taking his seat as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Staff Development, Dr Daniel Johnson is ready to get the new school year started. “I am very excited to start my new position,” said Johnson. “Curriculum and professional development have always been passions of mine, and I truly feel that these areas, in combination with an already dedicated and strong teaching staff, could continue to help Sparta offer our students tremendous educational opportunities.”
In 1995 Johnson began his career in education as an English teacher in Kinnelon. Four years later he moved to his first administrative position at Wallkill Valley Regional High School where he was the Supervisor of English. He then became an assistant principal at the Livingston middle school.
“I have been fortunate to work as a principal for the past eleven years,” said Johnson, “with three years at the middle school level, five years at the elementary level and three years at the high school level.” Johnson had been Sparta High School’s principal before moving to the central office this July.
During those 11 years as principal Johnson received many honors including Seaton Hall Spirit Leader, New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association Visionary Leader, New Jersey Principal of the Year and National Distinguished Principal.
Johnson said, “This year we will focus on the Google Apps for Education initiative and training our staff to best utilize the technology to enhance instruction. We are also reviewing our curriculum, the alignment to the Common Core standards and our district assessment practices.
“I believe that my experiences in all aspects of education, at all grade levels within a school system, provides me with a unique insight as to how a K to 12 district can continue to grow and develop.”
In his time away from Sparta Johnson enjoys time with his family, coaches his sons’ sports teams and does volunteer committee work in his hometown in Jefferson.