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    June 20, 2011

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    I only met Mr. Johnson a couple of times, but he was quite the personality. I thoroughly enjoyed his stories! My thoughts to his family and friends......

    Rich Johnson was my all time favorite principal. He not only knew how to run a school, he knew how to teach, too (not something all principals can do). He used to bring his work into our classrooms to "get away from the office noise" but I always thought he did it more to make his observations of us less stressful. He never sat in my class with a clipboard making notes on my teaching, but he knew more about what went on in my room than any other principal I ever worked with. One night I needed to go to a board meeting, but he covered for me so I could go to a Bob Dylan concert! Another time he went to my old school, packed up all my stuff, and moved it to my new school because I was in Hawaii when my transfer came through and couldn't get an earlier flight home. Rich supported me through some very tough times, when lots of other people didn't. I will always be grateful and indebted to him for the amazing contribution he made to my growth as a teacher. I am so sorry to hear of his death and my prayers are with his family and many friends. The world won't be the same without him!

    There are many things I will miss about Rich but I think what I will miss the most was his greeting to me..."how ya doing sunshine".

    I worked with Rich Johnson as my interim principal. One of my 2nd graders was crying one day in the computer lab. His father was leaving for Iraq and he had no mother in his life. Rich overheard me trying to comfort him, came out of his office, put his arm around the boy and said, "Let's take a walk and you can tell me about your dad." The boy came back with a smile a mile wide. That's the kind of man we all need in our lives. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

    I didn't know Rich Johnson that well, but I will remember that he always had a smile on his face. Reading the other comments it is easy to see why he was so loved by so many! I wish I would have gotten the chance to work with him. Hopefully other administrators are reading these comments, and can realize it's so often the little things that make such a big difference - whether covering for someone, taking a walk with a student, or a special greeting. Rich Johnson has clearly left quite a legacy in CUSD.

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