MPS names new principals

MONTGOMERY, AL -  The Montgomery County Board of Education named principals for the new Johnnie Carr Junior High and James Wilson Elementary schools during its April 7 board meeting.

Goodwyn Jr. High Principal Vince Johnson was named principal of Johnnie Carr Jr. High, and Catoma Elementary Principal Jason Bigham was named principal of James Wilson Elementary.

The board's decision was highly anticipated due to the intense public interest in the new schools. MPS Superintendent John Dilworth said it was important to have strong instructional leaders in place well in advance of the upcoming school year. Both schools are scheduled to open August 2009.

"Vince Johnson and Jason Bigham are experienced educators whose commitment to students and their ability to build solid relationships with parents and the community make them ideal to lead these new schools," Dilworth said. "I'm confident that they will cultivate a school environment that encourages academic success and teamwork."

Johnson has 20 years of service to public education. He has held positions as an elementary teacher at Johnson Elementary School in West Palm Beach County, Fla. and Paterson Elementary in Montgomery; assistant principal, Goodwyn Jr. High; principal, Harrison Elementary; and principal at Goodwyn Jr. High, where he has served for five years.

He holds a bachelor's in elementary education from Southern University in Baton Rouge, La.; a master's in administration and supervision from Alabama State University, and is currently pursuing an education specialist degree in educational leadership from Auburn Montgomery.

Bigham has more than 15 years experience managing people and resources, and providing training in both the education field and the private sector. He held management posts at United Parcel Service (UPS) and Sylvest Farms, and several classroom teaching positions at Dannelly, Carver and Brewbaker Intermediate schools. In July 2005, he was named principal at Catoma Elementary, a position he has held for four years.

He holds a bachelor's in education from Auburn University Montgomery and a master's in education administration from Alabama State University.