Board approves new assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction

February 23, 2017

The District 200 Board of Education has unanimously approved the hiring of Gregory Johnson as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, effective July 1, 2017. He will replace Phil Prale, who is retiring after 13 years in the role.

Since 2010, Mr. Johnson has served as the principal of Centennial High School, which comprises roughly 1,500 students  in Champaign, Ill. Centennial is a racially and ethnically diverse school, where approximately 40% of the students are white, 35% African-American, 11% Asian, 8% Hispanic, and the remainder multiracial. The school also is economically diverse, with about half of its families qualifying as low income.

Mr. Johnson was chosen from a pool of nearly three dozen candidates, with the interview teams noting his experience leading collaborative change and success in implementing programs. His background in the area of curriculum includes course-team collaboration, curriculum development, standards-based grading, Equal Opportunity Schools implementation, and professional development.  “Greg not only has a great deal of experience in curriculum development tied to improved student outcomes, but he also has a true passion for the work,” Superintendent Dr. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams said. “He will be an asset to the district as we work toward achieving equity and excellence for all students.”

Previous roles held by Mr. Johnson include associate principal of Urbana High School, following nine years as an English teacher there. He is working toward a Ph.D. in educational policy, organization, and leadership at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with an expected conferral date of mid-2018. He holds a B.S. in secondary English education and an Ed.M. in educational administration, both from U of I.