New Principal Named for Centerville Elementary

Dr. Brenda Johnson has been approved by the Gwinnett County School Board.

During a special called meeting on Friday, November 9, the Gwinnett County Board of Education named four veteran educators as school principals.

The appointment of the Gwinnett educators is due to the retirement, transfers, and departure of current principals. The School Board approved Dr. Brenda Johnson as the new principal of Centerville Elementary, Dr. Stacey Schepens will serve Crews Middle as its new principal, Lilburn Middle will welcome Dr. Yvette Arthur as its new leader, and Mr. Jason Lane will transfer to lead Mill Creek High. The school principals will transition to their new roles within the coming weeks.

Dr. Brenda Johnson, new principal of Centerville Elementary, was most recently assistant principal at Ferguson Elementary. She also served as assistant principal at Minor Elementary from 2006-2012, and as a visual arts teacher at the same school from 2003-2006. 

She began her teaching career as a visual arts teacher at Chamblee Middle in DeKalb County in 1998. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts – Atlanta College of Art, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)
  • Master’s degree in Humanities – Central Michigan University
  • Specialist’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction – Argosy University
  • Certification in Educational Leadership – Kennesaw State University
  • Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership – Argosy University

A 2012 graduate of the school district’s 2012 Quality-Plus Leader Academy, Aspiring Principal Program, Dr. Johnson becomes the new leader at Centerville Elementary as Principal Kim McDermon transitions to become a Staffing Director in the school district’s Division of Human Resources.


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