Lawnside School District Superintendent Dr. Ronn Johnson

Dr. Ronn Johnson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Camden, N.J. He attended elementary school in the Camden City Public School System. During his middle school years, he attended parochial school in Camden before graduating from Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill. Dr. Johnson matriculated to Morgan State University in Baltimore, M.D. where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. After graduating from Morgan State University, Dr. Johnson began his teaching career at Cramer Elementary School in his hometown of Camden. After his second year of teaching, Dr. Johnson was selected to implement a new initiative of teaching all-males. Dr. Johnson had the unique experience of successfully teaching all-male classes for three consecutive years.

Dr. Johnson attended Rowan University in Glassboro where he received his Master of Arts Degree in School Administration. He then accepted an administrative position as the Vice Principal of the John Fenwick Elementary School in Salem, N.J. Dr. Johnson completed his doctoral studies in Innovation and Leadership with a concentration in Educational Leadership at Wilmington University in New Castle, D.E. and currently serves as the Superintendent of the Lawnside School District in historic Lawnside.

Dr. Johnso has received numerous awards and acknowledgments throughout his career as an educator. Dr. Johnson served as a member of the Southern Region’s Advisory Committee for the New Jersey Department of Education’s Office of Governance and Leadership and is the past president of the Camden County Association of School Administrators Superintendent’s Roundtable. He has presented to aspiring superintendents at the National Alliance of Black School Educators annual conference and prestigious Harrison-Williams Collins Executive Leadership Institute in Chicago, I.L.

Dr. Johnson served as an adjunct professor at Wilmington University. His most fulfilling professional service was as an advisor/mentor for Rowan University’s Project I.M.P.A.C.T. (Increasing Male Practitioners and Classroom Teachers), a recruitment and retention program for males of color in teaching. His ethical behaviors, sense of fairness, dealings with others, and accountability have garnered him several Community Service Awards from a very diverse group of organizations: NAACP/Camden County N.J.; Camden County Board of Freeholders; Links of South Jersey; Benson Multi-Cultural History Museum; Lawnside Scholarship Club; Lawnside Education Foundation; NJPTA; and the Hiram Lodge #5, F&AM-PHA.

His professional actions embody his motto: “While it takes a village to raise a child, educators have the responsibility of Raising the Village!”


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