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Meet Your Administrators

Principal Georgette Mickens joined Johnson in August 2024. Previously, she served five years as an elementary assistant principal with Dinwiddie County Public Schools, including times when she served as acting principal. She has degrees and accreditations from Christopher Newport, Norfolk State, and Longwood University. In addition to serving as an assistant principal, she has also been a school counselor, testing coordinator, Title IX Investigator, and Spanish teacher.She was also named one of Dinwiddie Schools’ “20 to Watch.”

John Kronstain (Mr. K) is Johnson’s assistant principal. He joined Charlottesville City Schools in 2015, serving first as a school counselor at Walker Upper Elementary and then as assistant principal of Buford Middle School before coming to Johnson in 2022. Previously, he served as a music teacher at the middle and high school levels in both public and private settings. He earned his undergraduate degree in music education from JMU, a master’s degree in counselor education from UVA, and completed post-graduate coursework in administration and supervision from VCU.

History of Johnson Elementary

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Built in 1954, the school was named for Dr. James G. Johnson, who was Superintendent of Schools for 35 years, from 1909 to 1946. In 1993, the school was renovated extensively and an enlarged library, new floors, and office space were added.

“We are Family” is more than a motto

students in library

The Johnson Elementary School motto is “We are family.” Small class sizes and high expectations create a climate for academic excellence. In recent years, Johnson has earned repeated honors through the Virginia Index of Performance program and has been a  Title 1 Distinguished School.  Serving preschool through grade 4, the school is located in the southwest section of the city on approximately 13 acres of wooded land.






The school actively builds community through family nights,  after-school clubs, and special events such as its annual International Day celebrating the many cultures its students represent.

Johnson, like all Charlottesville City elementaries, is marked by:

  • Small class sizes
  • A commitment to the arts
  • An active garden classroom made possible by City Schoolyard Garden
  • Community partnerships, such as our annual “Minds in Motion” production with the Richmond Ballet

student with presentation about Chinastudents in garden