Floyd County Schools Announces New Interim Principal of Johnson Elementary School
Floyd County Schools Announces New Interim Principal of Johnson Elementary School
Posted on 06/30/2017
Tanya Welchel

As the outgoing principal of Johnson Elementary School (JES), Mrs. La Donna Turrentine, officially takes on her new position as principal of Coosa High School (CHS) on Saturday, Floyd County Schools (FCS) Superintendent Dr. John Jackson has appointed Mrs. Tanya Welchel as Interim Principal of JES, also effective July 1, 2017. Mrs. Welchel currently serves FCS as Johnson’s assistant principal. 


When the news was announced that Mrs. Turrentine would be leaving JES to take the principal’s position at CHS, Johnson’s Local School Governance Team (LSGT) members were contacted to set up a date to meet with Dr. Jackson regarding filling the vacancy of this leading role. All necessary parties came together Wednesday to discuss their options, and it was ultimately decided the most viable option was to appoint an interim due to time constraints. Johnson’s LSGT Chairperson Pam Mixon and teacher representative Lucy Burnes made the following joint statement regarding the process:


“The LSGT members and Leadership team at JES all had a common goal. That goal was to continue on the path of proven excellence that has been established at Johnson. The LSGT members asked the staff of Johnson, parents, and community members for their input. The responses received showed an overwhelming support for Tanya Welchel, assistant principal at JES, to continue serving by taking on the role and responsibility of principal. Mrs. Welchel will provide a seamless transition as the new school year begins. She is a proven leader, has the heart of a servant and is deeply rooted in the Johnson community. Mrs. Welchel also knows the goals that we want to accomplish as a school and is committed to achieving them. She has been an active participant in developing our schedule for the year and setting up our Professional Learning Communities to meet the needs of all of our students and staff members. All current LSGT members then met with Dr. Jackson where the values of Johnson staff, parents and community were shared. It was obvious that our voices were heard and respected.”


The length of Mrs. Welchel’s interim term is yet to be determined and will be decided when Dr. Jackson and necessary personnel reconvene with Johnson’s LSGT in January. 


“Her extensive time at Johnson Elementary as a teacher and administrator makes her the best candidate at this time,” Jackson said of Welchel. “Since Mrs. Welchel had a hand in creating their new Professional Learning Communities that will be implemented in the upcoming school year, she is a great person to get it started and troubleshoot.”


Mrs. Welchel has spent her entire career in education at Johnson Elementary. Prior to becoming the assistant principal in 2016, she taught pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and fifth grade over the course of 22 years as a JES teacher. She graduated with an Educational Specialist degree from Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee, an Early Childhood Education Master’s degree from Jacksonville State University in Alabama, and a Business Administration Bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University. 


“I am excited about my new role at Johnson Elementary.  This school is home and is dear to my heart,” said Welchel. “I plan to carry on the hard work that has made JES such a great school!  I am looking forward to the continued opportunity to serve the Johnson faculty, staff, students, parents, and community members.  Love Blue, Live Gold!”