Nacogdoches, Tx — Brooks Quinn Jones Elementary school principal Rachel Johnson, 49, passed away Tuesday morning.
The 16-year employee of Nacogdoches Independent School District was diagnosed with a serious illness in July.
“This is a very sad day for NISD,” said Superintendent Dr. Fred Hayes. “Mrs. Johnson was a very good leader in education, but most of all she was a very good person. She had a positive impact on the children of NISD and will be greatly missed.”
The district is offering additional counseling to BQJ students and staff, and working with Stephen F. Austin State University to secure its assistance, as the campus copes with the loss.
With the funeral service plans pending, “We are in support mode right now for Mrs. Johnson’s family,” Hayes said. “Once we know their plans, we will decide how to handle the services as a district.”
Since November, Janis Compton has served as interim principal of the campus. Hayes said Compton most likely will continue in that capacity for the remainder of the school year.
Timeline for Rachel Johnson
1982 — Graduated from Nacogdoches High School
1986 — Received her bachelor’s in business administration from Stephen F. Austin State University
1986-1992 — Worked for Tenaha Independent School District
1989 — Received her master’s in education from Stephen F. Austin State University
1992-1996 — Eighth grade at-risk teacher for Thomas J. Rusk Middle School at NISD
1996-1999 — Assistant middle school principal for Henderson Independent School District
1999-2000 — Middle school principal for Henderson Independent School District
2000-2004 — Principal for Carpenter Elementary School in NISD
2004-2012 — Principal for Brooks-Quinn-Jones Elementary School in NISD