My priority as board president is academic achievement and student success, Johnson said. I look forward to working with the Governor, the Legislature, various education constituent groups and citizens to promote quality education in West Virginia.
Johnson joined the state board in January 2004. The Greenbrier County native earned his bachelor's degree in education from Concord College. His master's degree in guidance and counseling and a doctorate in reading and psychology are from West Virginia University. He taught in the public school system in Greenbrier County, was a professor at Fairmont State College for 11 years and taught at Bluefield State College, where he was chair of the Division of Education.
Johnson worked for former Rep. Bob Wise, D-W.Va., as chief of staff from 1987 to 2000. He also served as the assistant secretary for ports for the West Virginia Department of Transportation.
Johnson also dedicated a great deal of time to the National Education Association serving on the Board of Directors. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the West Virginia State Fair and is a member of the National Association of State Boards of Education Government Relations Committee.
Cook, a retired teacher from Boone County, has been a member of the state board since 2002, when she was sworn-in to serve a nine-year term. She is a former president of the Boone County Education Association and former president of the Boone County Retired School Employees Association. She served in the West Virginia House of Delegates from 1989 to 1994.
Haden, a Charleston resident, was first appointed to the board in 2002. A former member of the Kanawha County Board of Education, she also taught school in Monongalia, Wood and Kanawha counties.