ALEXANDRIA, VA – James K. Polk Elementary School Principal PreeAnn Johnson will retire July 1, 2021. She informed her students’ families of the decision last week.
Johnson was honored last year by Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) Superintendent Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings Jr. as ACPS Principal of the Year. In remarks during the presentation, according to a press release, Hutchings “described her as one of the one of the most valuable members of the ACPS staff.”
Johnson has assumed many roles since she began her ACPS career in 1985, including basketball coach, mentor, and teacher. She became Polk’s principal in 2009.
In her letter to the Polk community, Johnson thanked fellow administrators who stood with her during 36 years of service. She called her career “an amazing journey, ” writing that Polk has become “a community school” during her leadership.
Polk is “A school that feels like a home and loves like a family,” Johnson concluded. “We did it, and that’s why it is so hard to bid you farewell.”