Brian R. Johnson

Principal, John Bartram High School
School District of Philadelphia
2016 Neubauer Fellow
Grade Level
9th - 12th
Student Enrollment
School/Org Neighborhood
Southwest Philadelphia
M.A. Education (Administration and Supervision),Pennsylvania State University
Administrative Certification, University of Phoenix
B.A. Secondary Education (Mathematics), Pennsylvania State University
“I value life-long learning and aim to make student learning experiences engaging and exciting. I am committed to integrating the community with student learning opportunities because I believe that students learn better with and through these opportunities. I love learning and seeing students, as well as staff, achieve, lead, and grow together.”

Brian became the principal of Bartram High School in fall 2019. Previously, Brian served as the principal of William T. Tilden Middle School (2013-2019). Under his leadership, Tilden Middle School’s Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment System (PVAAS) scores, which measure student growth, improved from almost all red (significant evidence that the school did not meet standard for academic growth) to almost all blue and green (significant evidence that the school met or exceeded the standard for PA Academic Growth). Tilden also improved its School District of Philadelphia School Progress Report (SPR) Overall score by 31% and Progress score by 60% (2017-18 compared to 2015-16). Also during his tenure at Tilden Middle School, Brian led school and community partners through the district’s School Redesign Initiative, which focuses on transforming instructional practices and overall school culture to improve student learning outcomes.

Brian has been an educator since 1997. He led his professional learning community of principal colleagues (2014-2018), was a U.S. Department of Education Success Mentor Initiative Principal for the campaign to eliminate chronic absenteeism (2015 and 2016), and served on the School District of Philadelphia’s “My Brother’s Keeper” White House initiative to address absenteeism (2016). Prior to becoming a principal, Brian served as a Principal Intern, Small School Team Leader, Assistant Dean of Students, Co-Department Representative, Math Teacher, and Head Boys Basketball Coach. Brian grew up in La Mott, PA.