Polk Elementary Principal Announces Retirement, Effective July 1

PreeAnn Johnson named ACPS Principal of the Year in 2020

Polk Elementary School Principal PreeAnn Johnson will retire July 1. (Courtesy photo)

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.”

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  1. Beautiful Woman inside and out always had time for her students I remember when she coached the GW girls basketball team my Sister played for her not only did she have time for them in school but also she spent time with them out of school she was more like a Sister than a teacher trying to teach them the right way never seen a frown on her face always smiling she will truly be missed love you Mrs Johnson

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