Mr. Mike Johnson

Lower and Middle School Director

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Mike Johnson is the Lower and Middle School Director. He returned to The Summit in 2011 after serving three years as principal of Our Lady of Grace Catholic School. Prior to that, he was a teacher at The Summit for nine years. He was senior religion teacher, coordinator of Upper School Community Service Program, faculty council moderator, Upper School curriculum coordinator, Student Leadership Team advisor, coordinator of crisis management and catechetical leader. He also served for seven years as director of formation, school counselor and pastoral administrator at St. Catharine Church. He has a bachelor's degree in theology from the University of St. Thomas, a master's degree in pastoral counseling and moral theology from the Athenaeum of Ohio and a master's degree in educational leadership from the University of Cincinnati.

Year Started: 2011 (Previously 1999-2008)

Degrees: B.A., Theology, University of St. Thomas; M.S., Pastoral Counseling and Moral Theology, Athenaeum of Ohio; M.S., Educational Leadership, University of Cincinnati

Experience: 19 years in education prior to The Summit; Our Lady of Grace Catholic School, 3 years, Principal; The Summit, 9 years, Senior Religion Teacher, Coordinator of Upper School Community Service Program, Faculty Council Moderator, Upper School Curriculum Coordinator, Student Leadership Team Advisor, Coordinator of Crisis Management, Catechetical Leader;St. Catharine Church, 7 years, Director of Formation, School Counselor, Pastoral Administrator

Inspiration: It is my privilege to serve as Middle School Director of The Summit Country Day School. I am humbled at the thought of how much trust parents put in this school, and in me as its Director. The parent/school partnership is dynamic and formative and I have a profound respect for the hallowed ground on which we tread as together we navigate pre-adolescence. Middle school students are curious, they care about their world, they have an intuitive sense of justice, they crave social engagement and all the while their locust of control is shifting. As our students’ internal moral compass turns from their parents being their perpetual north to their peers serving as the fixed position against which they judge their being in the world, we walk closely beside surrounding them with moral heroes, reminding them of their engagement in a world bigger than themselves, and challenging them to make this world better each and every day. We do not always succeed in these lofty goals but we certainly pour our hearts into the effort.”

Personal: Wife, Denise, a physical therapist specializing in pediatric physical therapy in schools; children Rachel '17, Micah and Adam who attend The Summit, and daughter Marie, attending St. Rita School for the Deaf.