March 16, 2017
By Amie Knowles
CHATMOSS–Brandon Johnson already made headlines once this year, as the Henry County native agreed to take over the Bassett High football program. A month later, he’s being recognized again, this time as the county’s Teacher of the Year.
On Tuesday night, Henry County Public Schools announced that Johnson won the award for his work at Laurel Park Middle School. The 2006 Bassett High graduate was introduced by one of his former students, who said Johnson helped mold him into who he is today.
“Because of Coach Johnson, I walk a straight line,” said Jalen Hairston. “I am on the path to being a positive contributor to our society. I not only speak for myself, but I speak for every student or athlete that Coach Johnson has touched when I say we will never lose contact. He found a way to make us all feel like family.”
Johnson has been at Laurel Park the past seven years, also working as an assistant coach at Magna Vista under Joe Favero. Coming back home was something Johnson had thought about in college and then an opportunity to make that happen came about soon after.
After graduating from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, he received a call about seven years ago from Sandy Strayer, Henry County’s superintendent of teaching and learning. Strayer told him that Laurel Park had an opening for a sixth grade science teacher. Johnson jumped on the opportunity and has been working at the school ever since.
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