Dr. Bryan Johnson

Hamilton County Schools, TN: Superintendent

Dr. Bryan Johnson is a native of Nashville and a proud product of public schools. He attended Austin Peay State University, where he majored in business administration and played football. Austin Peay named Dr. Johnson a 2019 Outstanding Young Alumni Award winner. He holds a master’s in teaching from Belmont and a doctorate in educational leadership from Trevecca.

Dr. Johnson has served as a teacher, school administrator, director of secondary schools, the chief academic officer in Clarksville, Tennessee, and is now the superintendent of Hamilton County Schools in Tennessee.
Student academic growth in Hamilton County Schools has shown historic levels of improvement in the short tenure of Dr. Johnson. For the first time, the district’s overall composite and each subject area measured achieved Level 5 – the highest level of academic growth in the 2019 Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) results. The district had 45 schools earn a Level 5, which is almost double the number of Hamilton County schools that received a Level 5 in 2018. There were 21 schools also earning Level 5 in subject areas. Another historic accomplishment for the district in 2019 was 32 schools achieving Reward status – the top distinction a school can achieve in Tennessee.
Dr. Johnson launched Future Ready Institutes in the district’s high schools to make learning more meaningful for today’s teens and provide future-ready graduates prepared for success after graduation. The district developed a comprehensive five-year action plan called Future Ready 2023 to provide a roadmap for continuous improvement in the future. He has made advancements in the arts that have led to the community’s selection as a 2019 Best Community for Music Education. The John F. Kennedy Center also tabbed Hamilton County as an Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child community.

Dr. Johnson’s vision when he arrived in Hamilton County Schools was for the district to become the fastest improving school district in Tennessee. Hamilton County Schools was #130 in the state in 2017 for student academic growth and the #2 district in the state in 2019. In a little over three years, the goal was accomplished and led to state and national recognition! The national publication, Education Week, honored Dr. Johnson on their list of Leaders To Learn From for 2020. The National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) recognized him as one of the top 24 school leaders across the country on their list of 2020 Superintendents to Watch. Dr. Johnson was selected the 2020 S.E. Tennessee Superintendent of the Year and the Tennessee Superintendent of the Year for 2021. He is the first superintendent from Chattanooga and Hamilton County Schools to receive the top superintendent in the state honor.

Bryan is married to Candy Johnson, and they have two children Malia, a graduate of Hamilton County Schools, a college sophomore, and Bryan Jr., a third-grade student in the district. Dr. Johnson is passionate about fostering a learning environment allowing children to thrive and believes the role of public education is to ensure every child is ready for success after graduation.