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Monarch Academy Annapolis, a public contract school with Anne Arundel County Public Schools, named Shae Johnson assistant principal. Johnson will serve as one of the school’s two assistant principals. He brings more than 20 years of experience in education, school administration and educational coaching in both public and private, elementary, middle and secondary schools.

“I’ve spent my career honing education strategies, growing as a leader and coaching teachers to help them provide the absolute best education for our students,” Johnson said. “I’m excited to bring what I’ve learned to a school as innovative and effective as Monarch Academy Annapolis.”

Prior to joining Monarch Academy Annapolis, Johnson was an assistant principal and academic facilitator at Imagine Lincoln Public Charter School in Temple Hills, Maryland, where he supervised teachers and staff, developed curriculum, instructional strategies and lessons and facilitated professional development. He previously held the positions of vice principal and interim principal, leading the school of 380 pre-K through sixth grade students.

Earlier in his career, Johnson was dean of students at St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel, the oldest co-educational college preparatory Catholic secondary school in the region. He also served as a teacher with Baltimore City Public Schools. Johnson held internships as a human services specialist with Children’s Trust Neighborhood Initiative in Washington, D.C., and as a teacher’s assistant at Kenilworth Elementary School in Bowie, Maryland.

Among his community service activities, Johnson has volunteered with fundraising and marketing for the South Baltimore Learning Center and has mentored students at Maryland’s Department of Juvenile Justice’s Thomas J.S. Waxter Children’s Center and Potomac High School. He has also directed basketball camps for students.

Johnson holds a Master of Education in educational leadership from Concordia University and Bachelor of Science in social work with a minor in sociology from Bowie State University. He lives in Glen Burnie.