Rodney Johnson
  • (864) 770-1790 ext. 700

Rodney Johnson


  • School Leader


I am originally from North Carolina. I grew up in the Hickory-Conover area, but spent my middle and high school years in McDowell County. McDowell is a rural community, so I, along with everyone else in the county, attended McDowell High School. I played several sports while at McDowell High and was fortunate to receive a scholarship to play football at Furman University. Furman was a great experience. I am constantly reminding our students that Furman is the best university in the country, and my statements are usually echoed by the more than 50% of our staff members with Furman degrees.

While at Furman I volunteered regularly at my local church and worked there for three years after graduating. The experience gave me a great introduction to the Greenville community. My first stint at the church lasted three years, after which my wife and I moved to Atlanta, GA. She attended Emory University in order to become a Physician Assistant. By chance, I accepted a position teaching physical education and science at PATH Academy, a charter middle school in the DeKalb County School System. My three years at PATH were a blast. I was able to work with some of the most committed teachers in the world. They had a laser focus on helping students reach their potential and employed a "whatever it takes" mentality to achieve above-average results. During my last year at PATH I became the Dean of Students and gained some valuable administrative experience.

Three years at PATH led to the desire to start a school with a similar focus in Greenville. In 2008 my wife and I moved back to Greenville, with our one year-old addition, to work with my former employer to begin planning Lead Academy Public Charter School. A strong team of community leaders worked diligently for two years to open Lead Academy in the fall of 2010. Since then, we have been pleased with the above average academic growth of our students and look forward to achieving world-class results for our kids!

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