Current City of Promise Executive Director T. Denise Johnson has accepted the new position of Supervisor of Equity and Inclusion at Charlottesville City Schools.
“As we have begun a more public and deeper dive into addressing educational inequities, it’s become apparent that we need a dedicated position to sustain this energy and momentum,” noted Dr. Rosa Atkins. “We could not ask for a more ideal person than Denise Johnson, someone who grew up in our community, who graduated from our schools, who has worked in public education, and who has been engaged locally in building relationships, promoting equity, and addressing racism.”
Ms. Johnson is a native of Charlottesville and a 1998 graduate of Charlottesville City Schools. She studied Health at Virginia State University and received her Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has twelve years of experience as a school counselor at Hermitage High School in Henrico County, where she was part of the Henrico County Coalition of Equitable and Inclusive Schools. Ms. Johnson has served as executive director of City of Promise since 2017. Her first day at Charlottesville City Schools will be May 15.
Established in 2010 as an outgrowth of the City’s Dialogue on Race, City of Promise offers supports and solutions to improve educational and other key outcomes in the Charlottesville neighborhoods of 10th and Page, Westhaven, and Star Hill.
“I am so excited about this opportunity. My years in public education and my time at City of Promise have given me a unique perspective on how the schools and the community can work together to promote positive outcomes for everyone,” noted Ms. Johnson. “I see this as an extension of the work I have loved so much at City of Promise.”
Dr. Atkins continued, “We have valued Denise as a partner in promoting equity in the past, and today we welcome her as a colleague. But we recognize that equity is not a ‘program’ and it does not fall to one person. Each of us at Charlottesville City Schools must continue to work to make sure that all our efforts and programs reflect equity. Denise will facilitate these conversations and changes.”