Chris Johnson, longtime volunteer math coach in the Richland School District, has received the Community Leadership Award from the Southeast Washington Association of School Administrators. Johnson will be honored at the group’s annual dinner June 11 at the Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland.
Johnson has coached the math teams at Carmichael Middle School for the past eight years. Under his leadership, participation has grown from eight students to 32 students and teams have earned numerous trophies at regional and state competitions. Prior to Carmichael, Johnson coached at Lewis and Clark Elementary School for four years.
“Chris Johnson is an incredible educational resource in our region,” says Deborah Madison, Lewis and Clark fifth-grade teacher. “He goes out of his way to support all kids who are interested in strengthening their reasoning, critical thinking and higher-level math skills.”
“I sincerely enjoy coaching math and try to make it a year full of learning, competition, and fun,” said Johnson. “Math teams stimulate student interest in math and problem solving, and provide a venue for learning teamwork and other life lessons.”
Johnson works as a senior development engineer for Battelle at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. On his own time, he offers workshops to educators and math coach training to fellow Team Battelle members.
“Chris fosters a love of math in all students, at all levels. He helps students and coaches learn how to work effectively as teams,” adds Madison.