Dr. Bill Johnson was born in upstate New York. While still a young boy, the family moved to his grandparents’ farm in Wilmington, Delaware. Experiences of playing in the barn, exploring in the orchards and nearby forest, eating fresh sweet corn and picking sun ripened red strawberries, climbing trees, building forts out of produce boxes and bean poles, hoeing weeds among the tomatoes, and helping out in the storeroom are choice memories that have had a lasting influence on Bill’s feelings about family, his work ethic, his thirst for adventure, his self-reliance and thriftiness, and his love of nature and of life.
Dr. Johnson worked for several years in the private sector before working in public education. His professional experience includes working as a Project Engineer and as a Project Manager on a variety of construction projects including heavy civil, industrial, and institutional facilities. He has also worked as a consultant in market and survey research, facility planning, land acquisition, design and construction, and construction claims resolution. Bill has served in several advisory positions including the strategic planning committee for the United States Postal Service Facilities Department and the technical advisory committee and the alternative construction delivery methods rules committee for the Arizona School Facilities Board. In 2009, Bill was appointed by Governor Jan Brewer and confirmed by the Arizona State Senate to serve a three-year term as a member of the Arizona School Facilities Board.
Bill’s career in public education began about 20 years ago when the then Superintendent of the Alhambra School District and subsequent President and CEO of the Rodel Foundation, Dr. Carol G. Peck, encouraged him to apply for a position within the school district. Bill had been serving Alhambra as a consultant for its bond-building program. He accepted the position and worked as Alhambra’s Director of Operations for seven years. He was recruited by the Scottsdale School District to serve as its Assistant Superintendent of Operations where he managed a department budget of over $20 million and bond programs totaling more than $300 million. Dr. Johnson started his career in Laveen as Associate Superintendent of Business and Operations in 2005. The Governing Board selected Dr. Johnson as the Superintendent of Laveen Elementary School District in July 2011.
Dr. Johnson began participating in community service as a Boy Scout. In high school he served on student council, in Key Club, and as a member of TRAGYC. As an adult volunteer, Dr. Johnson has served as a scoutmaster in five different Boy Scout troops, has taught for the University of Scouting, and has served as Assistant District Commissioner and Roundtable Commissioner. He has been recognized for his service, having received Event Chairman Extraordinaire and Distinguished Commissioner awards. Bill received the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to young people from the Boy Scouts of America in 2006. Bill has also served as an adult volunteer in the Superintendent’s Geography Club, Future City Competition, and the Elementary School Design Competition. In 2013, Dr. Johnson was recognized by the South Mountain – Laveen Chamber of Commerce by awarding him the Spirit of South Mountain Award for his community service and work in education. He is a member of the Laveen Lions Club, the Laveen Art League, and is a co-sponsor of the Rock Climbing Club at Cheatham Elementary School.