New series of school administrators: Zach Johnson

This is part of a series to help the public learn about Bourbon County’s newest school administrators.

Zach Johnson is the new principal of Fort Scott Middle School. Photo submitted.

Zach Johnson, 34, is the new principal at Fort Scott Middle School.

Fort Scott High School.

Johnson earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Evangel University in Springfield MO and also holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Lindenwood University in St. Charles MO.

“For the past four years, I’ve been the activity director/vice-principal at Field Kindley High School in Coffeyville,” he said. “Before that, I taught technology, physical education, building and manufacturing classes, at Neosho MO. I also was a baseball head coach for three years in Pleasant Hope, Mo, just north of of Springfield.

He is married to Bethany and has three children Cole, Greyson and Sadie.

“Cole will start kindergarten in the fall,” he said. “My wife comes from the liberal MO. She worked for a nonprofit counseling clinic in Springfield. However, she has been a stay-at-home mom for six years.

Her interests include spending as much time as possible with her family. “We love just about anything outdoors, like hunting, fishing, sports and hiking,” he said. “We also love having our children play sports and attend their events throughout the year.”

Johnson’s hometown is Willard MO.

Why did you become an educator?

“I became an educator to make a positive difference in the lives of people around me. I believe education provides a platform to impact people in ways that can be transformational.

Has anyone inspired you?

“I had a baseball coach in high school who was influential in my life during that time and is still influential to this day.”

What’s the best thing about being an educator?

“The best thing about being an educator is the lifelong relationships that are built with children and staff.”

What is a challenge?

I believe one challenge is the impact COVID has had on education.

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