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Atlanta Area School for the Deaf Announces Selection of New Superintendent

Mr. J. Jack Johnson selected as Atlanta Area School for the Deaf Superintendent

The Atlanta Area School for the Deaf (AASD) and the Georgia Department of Education is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. J. Jack Johnson as its next Superintendent. Mr. Johnson is expected to begin his role at AASD on August 1, 2022.

Mr. Johnson holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from George Mason University and a Master of Arts in Deaf Studies from McDaniel College. He has a track record of guiding and supporting Deaf or hard-of-hearing children, having served as a teacher, principal, curriculum specialist, interventionist, trainer, public speaker, and director. Mr. Johnson has the heart and compassion of a teacher and is enthusiastic about growing and mentoring future leaders. Mr. Johnson’s official start date is August 1, 2022.

The search for the next AASD Superintendent began in November 2021, with the AASD school community and focus groups developing a leader profile to evaluate all applicants. Next, teachers, staff, parents, community members, and the alumni search committee interviewed the candidates and selected three finalists. The search process concluded with finalists visiting the AASD campus for two days. Finalists gave presentations to students, staff, and the community, and the visits culminated in finalist interviews. 

Innivee Strategies, Inc. wishes to thank the AASD community for participating in the AASD Superintendent search process, especially those who provided support as staff and volunteers. We also wish to thank the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf Board of Trustees for entrusting our company with facilitating the AASD Superintendent search process. We look forward to the future of AASD under Mr. Johnson’s leadership!

About the Georgia Department of Education

The Georgia Department of Education oversees public education throughout the state, ensuring that laws and regulations pertaining to education are followed and that state and federal money appropriated for education is properly allocated to local school systems. The department also informs parents, teachers, government officials, and the media of education-related news.

About the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf

Atlanta Area School for the Deaf is a day school serving over 170 deaf/hard of hearing children ages 3 – 21 in the metro Atlanta area and beyond. AASD’s mission is to provide a language-rich, student-centered learning environment through America Sign Language and English for the purpose of empowering our students to live independent, fulfilling lives and to become productive, contributing members of society.

About Innivee Strategies, Inc.

Innivee Strategies, Inc. provides organizations with systemic frameworks that enable them to build a strong strategic direction toward their desired vision. We engage leaders and stakeholders in collaborating together to choose the best governance model, set leadership, staff, and volunteer expectations, align and optimize resources, and manage change. Innivee Strategies is a leading search firm in the recruitment and placement of executives and leaders of organizations that serve the Deaf and hard of hearing community. Our services also include Effective Governance, Organizational Assessment, Strategic Planning, Change Management, Executive Support Systems, Leadership Development, and Guided Facilitation. Please visit to learn about our clients and their testimonies about how our services have benefited their organizations.