Passionately committed to equipping each and every student, Vista Ridge High School Principal Paul Johnson will become Leander ISD’s newest area superintendent. LISD Board of Trustees approved the district’s hiring recommendation during its Nov. 9 Board meeting. 

“I am thrilled to introduce Paul Johnson as our fourth area superintendent,” said Superintendent Bruce Gearing, Ed.D. “Mr. Johnson, affectionately known at Vista Ridge High School as PJ, has served an incredible 17 years, leading VRHS to be the exceptional learning organization it is today. Paul’s inspirational leadership has led to VRHS being named as a National Demonstration Site for AVID.

“In his new role, he can apply his talents to supporting and developing the instructional leadership abilities of multiple principals,” Gearing added. “I am excited to welcome Paul to the area superintendent team and look forward to watching him walk alongside principals as he coaches them to success.”

Before his role as principal, Johnson served as an associate principal at Leander High School. He spent nine years in Mesquite ISD where he was a middle and high school history teacher and coach prior to serving as a high school assistant principal.

“I am very honored to be joining the Area Superintendent team,” Johnson said. “Leander ISD is blessed with world-class educators and a shared focus on student learning. I am eager to team with our incredible schools and help champion our shared LISD vision.”

“Whoop”ing with the best of them, Johnson graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution. He later earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce. In recent years, he acquired his Superintendent certification.

Johnson will remain in his role as VRHS principal until a transition plan is in place.