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Johnson Enjoying Second Year at ECHS

By MALIYAH RUSS

Gators East Staff

For the second year, Jeremiah Johnson is the principal at East Columbus High School.

Johnson lives in Wilmington with his wife Bridgette, and their two sons, Jackson and Wyatt.

Johnson grew up in Grays Creek outside of Fayetteville, where he attended South View High School.

After graduation, he attended East Carolina University, earning an undergraduate degree, and later, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he earned his master’s degree.

Johnson has been in education for 18 years, teaching in Pender, New Hanover and Duplin counties.

He has taught math and driver’s education.

He was invited to apply at ECHS by its previous principal, Dr. Bryan Abernethy. Johnson said he and Abernethy had known each other for years. When the principal’s position opened, Johnson said Abernethy told him he would be a good match for the school.

Johnson said he loves working at ECHS because of the students and staff.

“We have some good people here at East,” Johnson said.

He said the he went into education because his 11th grade math teacher was “very boring.” He wanted to teach in ways that were not boring.

His goals for the students at ECHS are for them to graduate and to be successful in life.

In his free time, Johnson enjoys kayaking and camping.

His favorite television show is NBC’s “This is Us.”

Johnson said he enjoys all kinds of food, especially “free food.”