June 20, 2008

Former Butte High Principal Taking Superintendent’s Job

By Nick Gevock, The Montana Standard, Butte

Jun. 20--Glen Johnson has worked at more than half a dozen schools in Montana and Idaho over a career spanning three decades.

But as a graduate of the University of Montana Western, the 53-year-old said he always had in the back of his mind that he'd return to Dillon.

"My wife and I thought a long time ago if the opportunity ever presented itself that if I could get a job back in Dillon, we'd take a look at it," Johnson said Thursday in a telephone interview from Chester, where he's worked for two years as superintendent. "I've always had kind of a soft spot in my heart for Dillon." His return will come this fall when Johnson takes over as superintendent of the Dillon Elementary School District. The Dillon school board this month chose Johnson to take over for Melinda Berkram, who is leaving to take a job as a school principal in Helena.

The board selected Johnson from a short list of four candidates who were interviewed for the job.

Johnson, who grew up in Superior, has come full circle through a career as a teacher, administrator and athletics coach.

He earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education at UMW in 1978 while playing on the football team.

He's spent time in Shelby, Geraldine, Winnett, Harrison and Challis, Idaho, throughout his career, working in the classroom, on the sidelines as a football and track coach and as an administrator.

He also was an assistant football coach at the University of Montana for a season while earning masters and doctorate degrees in education.

Johnson was Butte High School principal from 2002 to 2005 before becoming superintendent at Chester/Joplin/Inverness, a district of about 250 students on the Hi Line in northern Montana.

He said throughout his career, he was interested in sports. But in recent years he's become more interested in working in administration.

"As an administrator, you can affect a whole school," he said. "That's kind of why I got into the administration thing, so you can better affect more kids." Johnson is married to Ann Johnson, who teaches at Emerson Elementary School in Butte. He said although he has moved a lot throughout his career, he plans to stay in Dillon for quite awhile.

"I just look forward to going back to Dillon," he said. "I've got a lot of good memories there and I look forward to working with the staff." -- Reporter Nick Gevock may be reached at [email protected]


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