Welcome to Johnson Elementary School

Destination Graduation-For Every Child!

Tanya Welchel, Principal

April Cummings, Assistant Principal

From the Principal's Desk August 8, 2017

Dear Johnson Elementary Families,

My name is Tanya Welchel, and I am so excited to introduce myself as the new principal

of Johnson Elementary School. I am honored to be the principal of a school which is known far and wide for its dedication to excellence, but more importantly, to children. Over the past 23 years, I have worked as a teacher and administrator, but I consider my most important job to be that of a child advocate. I will spend time with your children getting to know their personalities and interests. I will celebrate their successes, small and large. I will encourage them every day and let them know they are valued and have a special place in our school community.

Not only am I excited to begin working with your children in my new role, but I look forward to the work we will do together. I cannot wait to share with you the great things they do throughout their days here at Johnson Elementary. Of course, I will also be here to work with you should they need any help navigating any aspect of the school day.

Johnson Elementary School:  Over 65 staff and faculty, 545 students, 1090 parents, and 1 focus:  To Be Great.  What does greatness mean?  Greatness is neither a destination, nor a moment in time, but it is a journey towards a consistent pattern of behavior that results in constant progress and achievement.

My goal is to ensure that JES is Great and all children are healthy, happy, and safe.  This allows them to learn as much as possible. This has been my philosophy since I began my career teaching at Johnson in 1994.  I have taught pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade, and fifth grade as well as served as assistant principal.  I am also the proud mother of two beautiful daughters:  Abby(16) and Ava (8). Please know that I will work tirelessly to ensure all of our children have the best possible experiences while at Johnson Elementary. Once again, I am so thankful to have the opportunity to continue my experience with our wonderful JES community.

We are also sending home LSGT Candidate Forms. Parents play an important role in our Local School Governance.  Please consider running for the open parent representative.    

Be Great!

Tanya Welchel


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Mission Statement:
At Johnson Elementary School we aim to create an environment where students will encounter life changing education. We aim to lead the next generation to FOCUS, LEARN, and ACHIEVE great success through high school graduation and beyond.

At Johnson Elementary School we believe:

in building positive relationships with students, parents, and community.

in providing a safe environment and an academic foundation to support learning for all students.

in making school relevant and meaningful to ensure student involvement.

in providing a solid foundation for a variety of options and pathways to graduation.

The Vision at Johnson Elementary School:

The graduates of Johnson Elementary will be prepared for college and career opportunities of the future.


A letter from Georgia's School Superintendent

Op-Ed by Superintendent Richard Woods

In October, we’ll release student scores for the first year of the Georgia Milestones Assessment System -- and I want to caution that scores will likely reflect a smaller percentage of students who are proficient than we have seen in previous years.


Taking an Honest Assessment of Where We Are

Why will scores likely reflect a smaller percentage of students who are proficient? Because Georgia Milestones sets a significantly higher bar for student proficiency compared to the old Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT). That’s not an arbitrary decision. Under the CRCT, Georgia had some of the lowest expectations in the nation for its students. Too many students were labeled as proficient when, in reality, they had not fully mastered the standards and needed additional support. That hurt our kids, who need to be competitive with others across the country and hurt our teachers by making it difficult for them to have a true picture of the academic strengths and weakness of their students. Read more...