Johnson Named Principal of the New Person Early College for Innovation and Leadership

Shirlrona Johnson was tapped to be the principal of the new Person Early College for Innovation and Leadership (PECIL) on Friday at a special called board meeting.  Johnson is currently the Instructional Technology Facilitator at Person High School. She has eighteen years of experience serving in many capacities as an educator.  She has been a career and technical education teacher, administrative intern, and teacher leader facilitator.  Johnson earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from North Carolina Central University and worked in the private sector for several years before completing her teacher education courses.  In addition, Johnson earned a Master’s degree in Educational Technology as well as a second Master’s degree in School Administration also from North Carolina Central University. 

Mrs. Johnson shares, “I am both honored and thrilled to be the first principal of the Person Early College High School for Innovation and Leadership; and look forward to the many great things that will be accomplished as a result of the progressive partnership of Person County Schools (PCS) and Piedmont Community College (PCC). This unique program will blend high school and college curricula into a single academic program, allowing students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and associate degree or transfer credits to a 4-year College/University.  I am very appreciative of the opportunity bestowed upon me by Superintendent Holloman, the Person County School Board members, and the PCS/PCC Selection Committee.  My goal, with the help of a team of strong educators and counseling staff, is to provide an innovative, supportive and student-centered educational experience that maximizes the use of 21st century teaching and learning strategies and programs, to engage each student in rigorous academic studies.  Students will benefit from linked-learning experiences with a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related careers, which will allow students to make connections between classroom lessons and real world situations, therefore fostering career and college readiness. I am deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of the Person Early College High School students and look forward to partnering with parents, students, faculty, staff, Piedmont Community College, its partners and the community to ensure the success of our students.” 

Chief Academic Officer Dr. Wendy Staskiewicz states, “Mrs. Johnson brings with her a wealth of highly relevant experience that makes her the ideal principal to open the new early college high school.  However, I am even more excited about her ability to innovate and inspire others.  I believe that she will build an effective new school that is unlike anything our community has seen before. 

Superintendent Dan Holloman adds, “Mrs. Johnson is a seasoned educator with experience at the high school level and more specifically with preparing students in chosen career paths based on her career and technical background. I have no doubt that she will ensure a successful opening and will work collaboratively with all stakeholders to build a sound foundation so that our students at PECIL will be proud of their school.”