Greetings Forest Heights Family!
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! I am so excited to introduce myself to you and to join the Forest Heights Family!
My name is Dr. Winnie Johnson and I am an educator with 34+ years of experience. Originating from New Jersey, I moved to South Carolina two years ago from the metro Atlanta area where I served in Henry County Schools for 24 years in several capacities. After that, I served as Head of School for East Point Academy Charter School in West Columbia. My background includes speech/language pathology, school counseling, special education, human resource administration and school leadership as an assistant principal and as an elementary principal. Additionally, I have raised three amazing children who are now adults giving back to society in their own special ways!
I come to you with positive energy and commitment to success for each student at Forest Heights. I am committed to Excellence in Teaching and Continued Student Growth. This translates into ensuring that all our teachers and support staff are provided an array of strategies, resources and administrative support that will enable them to address the specific educational needs of all students at Forest Heights. This will include a strong focus on professional development for teachers, adult learning opportunities for our parents, a focus on pride and ownership for students in their own education and my personal commitment that all administrative staff will approach our roles as instructional leaders with optimism and team spirit!
My passion includes embracing and loving the students that we serve because I know that it is impossible to teach them if you don’t build positive relationships with them. As the school leader, I am always focused on school improvement because an effective learning environment strives to continually assess the work and find ways to improve upon areas that require strengthening. Moreover, it is imperative that parents are involved in the education of their children. I look forward to partnering with you to ensure that we are all doing our very best to enhance the learning of all students at Forest Heights. My philosophy has always been to make the school an environment where children love coming to learn, staff enjoy coming to work, and parents and community members are part of the learning process. Early on, I adopted the adage, “It takes a village!” You are part of our village and we welcome you to take part in this journey that we call teaching and learning.
Please know that during this time of transition, I am open to consider what have been best practices at Forest Heights while bringing my 34+ years of education experience and wisdom to our school community. We want to make Forest Heights a focal point in the community and will provide many opportunities for community stakeholders to be an integral part of what we are doing here to enhance the education of our students. I am confident that if our students come to school – everyday – ready to learn and they are fully aware that they CAN grow and succeed, we can get the job done! We pledge to do our part and we know that you will join forces with us and become a vital part of our learning community!
Through our collective Communication, Collaboration and Commitment, we will make this village work!
SO, LET’S DO THIS!
Dr. Winnie Johnson, Principal
Assistant Principal, Lindsay Butler Administrative Assistant Principal, Alexandria Gillcrese