Woodland Public Schools selects James Johnston as new middle school principal

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Woodland Public Schools proudly announces their selection of James Johnston as Principal of Woodland Middle School beginning in the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. Johnston accepted the position on Friday, May 12 when Superintendent Michael Green notified him of his selection.

Johnston currently serves as the Principal of Alice Ott Middle School in the David Douglas School District located in Portland, Oregon where he was named Oregon Principal of the Year in 2013. Previously, Johnston served as Vice Principal for two schools in Beaverton School District in Oregon. Before entering administration, Johnston taught science, mathematics, health, and social studies for Evergreen Public Schools and Vancouver School District in Washington. He holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching from City University in Bellevue, Washington and a Bachelor’s Degree in Youth Ministries from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington with Principal Certification from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

The size of the Woodland community motivated Johnston to apply for the position. “I’m attracted to smaller communities but I have always worked in large districts, so I’m looking forward to this transition,” he explained. “In addition, I’ve known teachers and coaches from Woodland and felt they were outstanding.”

Johnston also looks forward to the close community atmosphere presented by Woodland. “I look forward to getting to the staff, students, and families,” he said. “I am excited to learn more about the traditions and successes of Woodland Public Schools to see how I can help contribute to the district’s vision as we move forward.” Johnston’s family includes his wife of 19 years and two children, a son in eighth grade and a daughter in seventh grade.

Johnston will replace current Woodland Middle School Principal, Jake Hall, who accepted the position of Woodland Public Schools’ Executive Director of Learning Supports and Alternatives in April. Hall will oversee the district’s special services including Title programs, transitional bilingual services, English Language Learners, family and community outreach, truancy support, Alternative Schools, and others. “It has been a great privilege and honor to serve as the Woodland Middle School Principal,” said Hall. “I am so blessed to have had this opportunity and look forward to continue serving Woodland Public Schools in my new position.”