Graves County Middle School administrator Wes Johnson is the new director of human resources of the Graves County Schools. He will delay his move to the school district’s central office somewhat so that he can continue to fulfill his current duties at GCMS for a time, since the 2018-19 school year is only in its second month.
Johnson attended the Graves County Schools from kindergarten through high school graduation in 2001. “Athletics, especially basketball, have been a major part of my life and career,” he said. “They have taught me about leadership, sacrifice, teamwork and communication. I had (basketball) scholarship offers to go to Division II colleges, but I chose Brescia University because it had a ‘homey’ feel. I liked the campus and the community and it was close to home.”
Career preparation wasn’t the only benefit of the Owensboro-based institution. “Brescia worked out well because that’s where I met my wife, Danielle Johnson,” Wes Johnson said. “She’s a special education teacher at Farmington Elementary School. We have three sons. Drew is 8 and in second grade and Eli is 5 and in kindergarten, both at Farmington. Clay is 2 years old.”
He continued, “I graduated from Brescia in December 2005 and was fortunate to get a teaching job right away. I finished out the 2005-06 school year teaching at Hopkins County Central High School, where they had an opening.”
Still, he wanted to come back home. The fact that he was a member of the first eighth grade class at GCMS played a role in obtaining a teaching job there. In recent years, he joined principal Jonathan Miller and assistant principal Lindsey Wilkerson in the school’s administration. He started there teaching social studies for eight years, coaching various seventh and eighth grade boys basketball teams for ten years, and this summer began his fifth year as in-school detention coordinator and third year as athletic director.
“I did enjoy teaching,” Johnson said, “but I felt like I really found my calling when I moved over to more of an administrative role. I like being able to help teachers do what they do. I work with them and with students to provide a safe climate for education. I also like helping students with any problems they have going on, just trying to work with them for their well-being.”
He went on to earn a master’s degree in special education at Murray State University. He recently completed an education specialist degree with school principal emphasis from the University of the Cumberlands.
Looking ahead to his new position, Johnson concluded, “I will be working to recruit bus drivers, cafeteria workers, mechanics, maintenance workers, teachers, and more. I want to help provide the things employees need so that we can hire and keep the most highly effective employees possible and help them to be the best they can be.”