Melvin Johnson

Mr. Johnson

Assistant Principal
Melvin Johnson

(414) 604-3115
johnsonm@wawmsd.org

Philosophy

I believe the reimagining of a society that is reflective of true justice and equality is made possible through youth agency. The role of education and the 21st Century educator, therefore is to provide the intellectual tools to craft capacity amongst young people. Our interactions with the future change agents provides us the opportunity to stir up passion, instigate inquiry, and offer a lens through which these leaders can interrogate social systems that will ultimately inform their purpose. Contrary to antiquated notions of education, we are no longer simply producing future employees, rather we are nurturing the future thought leaders in every aspect of human relations (economics, education, entertainment, law, labor, politics).

 

Education

  • Solomon Juneau High School, MPS

  • Bachelors of Arts in African Studies-University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

  • Masters of Arts in Instructional Leadership - Marquette University, Milwaukee

  • Advanced Studies Certificate: Alternative Education - University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

  • Masters of Educational Leadership - National Louis University, Chicago, Illinois

History

Although I was born in the Mississippi Delta, I spent my entire elementary school years on the southside of Chicago. As such, I am an unapologetic supporter of the Bears (please don’t hold that against me). I have five siblings, one of whom happens to be my twin sister. All of my siblings and I, along with several cousins, graduated from Solomon Juneau High School. I played basketball my freshman and sophomore years, but realized I wasn’t as good as my mind told me. I developed a fascination for African American literature in high school and spent countless hours studying Langston Hughes, W.E.B. Dubois, Chancellor Williams, Zora Neale Hurston, and Malcolm X, to name a few authors. I parlayed my passion for reading and studying African American literature and history into a Bachelor’s degree, and soon began my journey as an educator. I was certified through the Compton Fellowship certification program and began teaching at Malcolm X Academy in the Fall of 2000. I am married to Mrs. Ericka Johnson and we are the proud parents of three children. My oldest son is entering his senior year at Valparaiso University where he is pursuing a degree in Accounting. My youngest son will be entering DePaul University where he will pursue his love for music as a Cellist and obtain a degree in Sound Engineering. My daughter is 8 years old and enjoys fashion, singing, dancing, and gymnastics. My wife is also an educator who holds several licenses and certifications in the area of Literacy. She is currently coaching  teachers in Milwaukee Public Schools.