Nicole T. Johnson was born and raised in East Orange, New Jersey and graduated from Clifford J. Scott High School. She attended Trenton State College, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Education of the Hearing Impaired and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership.
Ms. Johnson has over 20 years of experience in education. She first taught high school seniors in Ewing, NJ at the Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf. She joined Newark Public Schools in 1998 at the Bruce Street School for the Deaf where she taught Kindergarten for 7 years. In 2005, she joined the Office of Language Arts Literacy in a special grant funded role designed for teachers with strong background in Special Education and Literacy. During this time, she worked closely with the New Jersey Department of Education, the Office of Language Arts Literacy, and the Office of Special Education. The goal of the grant was to provide intensive support for General Education and Special Education Teachers around best practices in supporting the literacy development of special needs students.
After one year, Ms. Johnson was offered the title of Supervisor in the Office of Language Arts Literacy. In this role she designed and managed all of the district’s K-5 literacy programs and partnerships including Children’s Literacy Initiative, the Annual Read-a-Thon, the District’s Spelling Bee, and many others. Her biggest accomplishment during this tenure was the procurement of a grant to purchase DRA-OMS for all K-3 literacy teachers and Phyllis Hunter classroom libraries for all middle school teachers.
In 2010, Ms. Johnson joined Elliott Street School as a Vice Principal. She was the sole administrator on the 1st and 2nd grade campus (Due to a fire, Elliott was dispersed to three separate locations). After three years serving as Vice Principal, Ms. Johnson was named the Principal of Elliott Street School in 2013. As principal, she served on numerous committees such as the Peer Oversight Committee, the Superintendent’s Advisory Council, Framework for Effective Teaching Committee, Textbook Adoption Committee and most recently the committee responsible for choosing a new teacher evaluation system.
In 2016, Ms. Johnson had the distinguished honor of opening up the brand new Elliott Street School. In just three years, the school has more than doubled in enrollment while maintaining a culture of excellence. Under her leadership, Elliott Street School has implemented the highly successful Blended Learning Program. This educational program combines online digital content with traditional classroom methods, and allows students to receive individualized instruction on a daily basis.
Ms. Johnson is a member of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, International Reading Association, Reading Recovery Council of North America, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Her proudest accomplishments and the joys of her life are her two sons Taji and Jordan. Taji is a recent graduate from the University of Delaware and Jordan will be attending Townson University in the Fall of 2019.
Ms. Johnson operates under the belief system that “if you expect more, then you will achieve more”. She brings that impactful spirit into the lives of the staff and students whom she encounters every day.