Phone: (605) 297-3456


Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. Ed Middle Level Education with concentrations in math, science, reading, and language arts M.S. Science Education Technology Ed.S. PreK-12 Administration

Mrs. Janelle Johnson

Hello, my name is Janelle Johnson. I am starting my third year as a principal with the Parker School District. Two years ago, I was the 7-12 principal. This past year, I moved up to the K-12 principal role and am excited for another new year of unknowns and experiences as I transition to the K-6 principal when we open our new building in August.

My husband and I celebrated our 20th wedding in August. Together, we have two children, one girl and one boy. Our daughter, Sarianna, is 16 years old and a junior in high school, and is now our personal chauffer for her brother! She is our quiet child who loves adult coloring books and reading. Spicer, our son, is 12 years old and in 6th grade. He is our wild one, busy with baseball, football, and wrestling.

When I am not working or partaking in graduate classes, I enjoy being outdoors with my family, whether it be riding a bike, walking, fishing (both summer and winter), reading, and mowing the lawn. Yes, I love to mow the lawn. 😊

I am originally from East Grand Forks, MN, a somewhat small town in northwestern Minnesota, where most of my family still resides. After graduation, I attended North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, ND, where I originally thought I wanted to pursue a career as a dental hygienist. During my third semester at NDSCS, I was asked to tutor struggling athletes in math and science. I found the opportunity to be rewarding and decided to switch majors, earning a Liberal Arts degree.

I immediately enrolled at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, where I graduated with a degree in middle level education mid-year. I completed the remainder of the school year as a substitute teacher for the Grand Forks Public School system before becoming an EA. The following spring, my husband was then transferred to Sioux Falls, SD, where I worked for the Sioux Falls School District for 18 years. While with the SFSD, I taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math, directed math, science, and language arts for 17 years and was an administrative intern for one year at Axtell Parker Middle School (now George McGovern).

While working full-time, raising a family, and being an assistant volleyball coach with Embe, I worked hard to earn a Master's in Science Educational Technology from Dakota State University, a Specialist in PreK-12 Administration from the University of South Dakota, and completed the course work for a Specialist in Mathematics through the South Dakota Counts program, but did not receive my final transcripts in time to claim the degree on my certificate before the program was no longer honored (I have the credits for a math specialist degree just not the official title). 

I am currently pursing another specialist degree in the area of superintendency, as I am always eager to learn more about the world of education and strengthen my ability to work with others. As of now, I am slated to graduate in May! 

I look forward to meeting and working with you all!