Johnson To Lead Special Services

Johnson To Lead Special Services

Teresa Johnson, currently the principal at Chantilly High School, has been named assistant superintendent for Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) department of special services, effective July 5.

Johnson has served as principal at Chantilly High since 2011, where she was responsible for the safety, security, and educational programming for more than 2,700 students and more than 300 staff members; saw an increase in ACT, SAT, and Advanced Placement (AP) test scores; managed the school budget; and developed the secondary transition to employment program to support students in developing work and life skills. She also oversaw a renovation to create a life skills room and accessible bathroom to support special education students. As assistant principal at Chantilly, Johnson was administrator for category A and B special education services as well as manager of a subschool.

Johnson’s professional experience includes serving as a special education pyramid resource specialist for secondary schools in the previous cluster VII, where she facilitated and coordinated Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings, conducted trainings on special education policies, regulations, and procedures, and provided instructional support for schools to increase the academic performance of their special education students. She also served as an educational specialist in the office of monitoring and compliance to ensure compliance with federal, state, and FCPS regulations; and as special education department chair at Centreville High School. Johnson began her career with FCPS as a learning disabilities teacher at Centreville High in 1989.

A graduate of James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in education-learning disabilities, Johnson earned her master’s from George Mason University (GMU), and a Virginia Professional License in administration and supervision from GMU.