Denis Johnson

Denis Johnson
(585) 503-6401
Denis Johnson
Occupation: Teacher Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts in Greece and Musician

Family: Rebecca, wife; children, Norah and Denis III (both students at Munn Elementary)

Community Service: I have been privileged to volunteer and serve in the greater Rochester area in various initiatives including: the Rochester Family Mission, the Open Door Mission, Foodlink, Clergy on Patrol with the RPD, Flower City Work Camp, King for a Day Service Projects, many youth and college conferences and events, as well as churches throughout Western and Central New York. Most recently, I had the privilege of serving on the Spencerport Central School District Budget Focus Group.

Why serve on the Board? I believe that Spencerport is an exceptional community and that the Spencerport Central School District is a significant part of what makes it an ideal place to raise a family. I am a proud parent of two and an uncle of three Spencerport students as well as a friend of dozens of other families in our district. I am passionate about collaborating with people of various backgrounds to reach common goals. It would be an honor to use my unique experience and skill-set to partner with the Spencerport CSD; a community that is invested in helping families flourish, mine included, as citizens who will have a positive impact on our society. As a parent, uncle, and friend, I am personally committed to the continued success and progress of our great district. The perspectives and ideas that I can contribute as an educator would also serve to benefit our district.

What are the top issues facing our schools? Spencerport is already a phenomenal district and consistently in pursuit of excellence, which is why we must always keep listening for feedback and researching how we can strengthen our programs to best serve our students. Today’s students are experiencing pressures and challenges in ways no other generation has experienced them. Those obstacles often manifest as mental health challenges, social-emotional challenges, and even various forms of trauma. Our educators, administrators and staff are in a unique position to not only continue to provide a stellar academic education, but also to partner with the community to recognize the multiplicity of these challenges and support students who will thrive in spite of adversities.

Another area of potential growth is in our understanding and engagement with issues of diversity. As our nation, and community specifically, become more racially and ethnically diverse, it is our responsibility to equip and empower students to be able to relate and engage with people of varying backgrounds and to flourish in a myriad of diverse environments. Our tradition of raising and training academic scholars, world class athletes, and model citizens can only be strengthened by education and experiences that celebrate the diverse community we live in.

What would you like people to know about you? I am a native of Philadelphia, PA which makes me an avid fan of the Eagles, Sixers, Flyers and any other Philly team, but I grew up in the Rochester area. I attended undergrad at Roberts Wesleyan College, where I met my wife of 17 years, and also received my masters from Northeastern Seminary. I have been a professional musician and served in church leadership for over 20 years. I have also taught for over 10 years at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. I love connecting with people and it would be a great honor to serve the families and communities of the Spencerport Central School District.