Degrees and Certifications:
Dr. Paul Johnson
Dr. Johnson is a 33 year veteran of the public schools in Georgia (25 years with GCPS). He has served as a teacher of mathematics and French, Professional School Counselor, administrator with Gwinnett Online Campus, and Assistant Principal at Phoenix High School, before coming to join the faculty and administrative team here at Peachtree Ridge in 2009. Dr. Johnson retired from GCPS in 2015 and has been grateful to return to the Ridge as a half time employee since the fall of 2015.
Dr. Johnson considers himself a native Georgian having lived all but five years of his life here, but was interestingly born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan where his father, a proud Colonel in the U.S. Army, was stationed. Dr. Johnson holds degrees from Augusta State University (B.A, Psychology, 1986), The University of Georgia (M.Ed, School Counseling, 1999), Georgia State University (Ed.S, School Counseling, 2003), and completed his doctorate in School Counseling and Personal Services with an emphasis on Social Justice at the University of Georgia (Ph.D, 2011).
In addition to his Georgia certification as a school administrator, Dr. Johnson is a certified Professional School Counselor in Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina and holds teaching certificates in each of those states in Mathematics and a teaching certificate in French in Georgia. Dr. Johnson was honored as Teacher of the Year (1986) at Butler High School in Augusta, Georgia and was a finalist for Teacher of the Year at Hephzibah High School, Hephzibah, Georgia (1994) and South Gwinnett High School (1997). In 2012, Dr. Johnson was humbled to receive the Mary Jo Hannaford Counselor Advocate of the Year Award for Gwinnett County Public Schools and went on to win the Region 2 and State of Georgia Counselor Advocate of the Year awards in 2013.
Dr. Johnson is the part-time Assistant Principal in charge of Gateway, Georgia Milestones, ACCESS, and the S.A.T and has worked directly with testing at various schools since 1998. Dr. Johnson shares responsibility of the district assessment program at Peachtree Ridge with his friend and colleague, Ms. Rosie Placek. Dr. Johnson is currently the administrator overseeing the departments of Counseling, chaired by Ms. Ashley Morris, and our English Language Learners. Dr. Johnson is also the Coordinator for Dual Enrollment students here at the Ridge.
Now that retirement has allowed for more time away from assessments, Dr. Johnson can usually be found on the tennis courts, the bowling alley, the gym, hiking at Stone Mountain, or better yet, the North Georgia mountains where he hopes to relocate in the next few years. Dr. Johnson completed (like a tortoise) his first HALF MARATHON at Disneyland resorts in Paris in 2017 and shaved off 42 minutes from his previous time in his second attempt last year in Disney World, Orlando. A future goal is to do the two course "Goofy" challenge at Disney, a 10K on Saturday followed by the Half Marathon on Sunday--possibly even returning to Paris for this opportunity.
Dr. Johnson is also an avid traveler, particularly enjoying international travel. He lists Paris (France), Sydney (Australia), St. Petersburg (Russia), Stockholm (Sweden), and Prague (Czech Republic) as favorite cities visited thus far–but he always enjoys learning about new places and cultures both near and far!