Congratulations to MJHS Principal Johnson, Georgia’s 2016 Principal of the Year!

Maynard H. Jackson Principal Named Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals’ “Principal of the Year”

Principal of the YearThe Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP) announced Monday that Stephanie Johnson, principal of Maynard H. Jackson High School in Atlanta Public Schools, has been named “Principal of the Year.” Johnson was surprised with the news on Monday from GASSP and APS leaders.

“School administrators in Georgia, as well as the entire nation are extremely proud of Stephanie’s accomplishments at Maynard H. Jackson High School,” said Melton Callahan, executive director of GASSP. “On behalf of Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti from the National Association of Secondary School Principals and GASSP, we are pleased to recognize outstanding school principals like Stephanie who personify excellence in providing quality leadership to their school communities.”

Johnson1Principal Stephanie Johnson was surprised by APS and Georgia Association of Secondary School Principal leaders on Monday with the GASSP “Principal of the Year” announcement.

The honor recognizes principals who excel in educational leadership; while resolving complex problems, developing self and others and providing community service.

“A respected neighborhood high school like Maynard H. Jackson High School demands the leadership of an exciting, dynamic educator at the helm,” said Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen, Ed.D. “With Principal Stephanie Johnson, this school has such a leader many times over. And, I am thrilled that Principal Johnson is getting the recognition that she deserves, so we salute her for this deserving honor from the state.”

Johnson has been a high school principal for 10 years, including four at Maynard H. Jackson. She will represent Georgia for the National School Principal of the Year award during a ceremony this September in Washington, DC.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by GASSP as Principal of the Year,” said Johnson. “The strength of
education comes from strong leadership. I appreciate the opportunity to have such a great career where I can grow as a leader and help give students an opportunity to transform their lives and become successful adults.”

In addition to the state Principal of the Year honor, Jackson has recently received the following awards: Georgia State Principal Center’s 2015 Joe Richardson Principal of the Year; 2014-15 Principal of the Year for Atlanta Families’ Excellence in Education Awards; and 2015 Office of the Secretary of Defense Leadership Award for Employer Supporter of the Guard and Reserve.

Johnson2Johnson was surprised with the announcement by her family, Superintendent Carstarphen and a host of colleagues and friends. 

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When Melissa Wakamo began her real estate career in 2004, her goal was to focus on her immediate area and get to know her neighbors. "I've had a lot of fun over the years helping my neighbors sell their homes and helping newcomers become a part of our community."

Melissa quickly became one of metro Atlanta's top producing agents and consistently performed in the top 1% of all Atlanta agents. By 2009, Melissa's real estate team had grown to include several agents and support staff, dedicated to providing exceptional service to buyers and sellers in Atlanta's intown neighborhoods.

In 2010, Melissa transitioned Red Robin REALTORS® into an independently owned boutique brokerage. Even in the tough real estate market during that time, Red Robin REALTORS® continued to outperform other small brokerages and was able to help buyers and sellers adapt to the rapid changes in the market.

In 2017, Melissa had the opportunity to merge the Red Robin REALTORS team with another like-minded boutique brokerage, Keller Knapp Realty. The two community-focused organizations bring together more than 100 agents, including 3 of the top 10 agents in metro Atlanta. With offices in Oakhurst, Ormewood Park and Midtown, Keller Knapp Realty and Red Robin REALTORS team are the top boutique real estate firm in Atlanta.

In her role as Managing Broker, Melissa provides agent training, marketing and strategic oversight for the Brokerage, ensuring that the brokerage maintains its focus and commitment to the intown market.

Melissa's active participation in various neighborhood organizations and charitable efforts, as well as her passion for antiques, cooking, and gardening, keep her busy and in touch with the community.

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