Brady Johnson, Superintendent
A native of Iredell County, NC, Brady Johnson has spent his entire career in the Iredell-Statesville School system. Mr. Johnson is a product of the Iredell-Statesville School system, having graduated from South Iredell High School in 1972. He obtained his AA degree from Mitchell College in 1974 and went on to graduate from Appalachian State University in 1976 with a BS in Social Studies with teacher certification – grades 6-12. He also holds a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Gardner-Webb University. Mr. Johnson has worked as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and deputy superintendent.
As deputy superintendent, Mr. Brady Johnson led the continuous improvement effort with the operations department leading to such successes as an increase in energy efficiency and savings, a decrease in overtime, a decrease in bus disciplines, and a decrease in the district’s out-of-school suspension rate. Since becoming superintendent of Iredell-Statesville Schools in 2009, Mr. Johnson has represented Iredell-Statesville Schools during Vice President Joe Biden's recognition of I-SS as a recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
During Johnson's tenure as superintendent, I-SS was one of six districts in the nation to receive the federal i3 grant for $5 million with a $1 million private funding match requirement, which funded education reform and closing achievement gaps. In 2013, the district was one of sixteen districts in the nation to receive a $20 million federal district-level Race-to-the-Top grant that revolutionized the way that curriculum was delivered in middle and high schools by way of blended learning, which is supported by the district's first one-to-one technology initiative. I-SS is the only district in the nation to receive both grants.
The work taking place in Iredell-Statesville Schools and the results being made for children under his leadership, earned him the title of 2014 A. Craig Phillips North Carolina Superintendent of the Year. Governor Pat McCrory appointed Johnson as his superintendent advisor to the State Board of Education for 2015. Currently, Johnson is serving at the 2015-2016 President of the North Carolina School Superintendents' Association.
Despite drastic budget cuts over the past several years, I-SS has initiated or expanded many choice options for parents and students, including the International Baccalaureate Program, Spanish Dual Immersion, and the iAcademy (North Carolina's first partnership with home school parents). The district continues to study additional choice options.
Johnson has served on numerous local boards, including the United Way of Iredell County, the Boys and Girls Club, Appropriate Placement Options, Crosby Scholars, Child Evangelism Fellowship, and Iredell Memorial Hospital. Recently, Johnson was honored as the 2016 Citizen of the Year by the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce. Throughout his tenure as superintendent, he continues to lead Iredell-Statesville Schools toward its vision: "Together, ensuring student success by igniting a passion for learning."