SAS Teacher is Finalist for Social Science Teacher of the Year
Dr. Derrick Johnson and the SAS Moot Court Team which took 1st Place in the state of Florida in the most recent competition. The photo was taken in the Florida Supreme Court chambers in Tallahassee with First District Court of Appeals Justices (from left SAS student Ephraim Diaz, Judge Bradford Thomas, Judge James Wolf, Judge L. Clayton Roberts, SAS student Natalie Roberts and SAS Social Studies teacher Dr. Derrick Johnson).
Miami, March 8, 2012 - Dr. Derrick Johnson has been selected as a finalist for Teacher of the Year by the Dade County Council for Social Sciences. The council will announce the winner at their annual dinner on April 19, 2012. Dr. Johnson teaches Advanced Placement Government and Advanced Placement US History at School for Advanced Studies (SAS) Kendall Campus. He is an attorney who chose to teach in a public high school rather than continue a practice of law. In his still young teaching career, he had been helping students at SAS achieve exceptional results on the Advanced Placement exams that take place at the end of each school year.
Dr. Johnson's AP test results, which exceed local and national averages in the subjects he teaches, are a tremendous benefit to the students because they turn into college credits that help our students achieve an Associate in Arts degree from Miami Dade College at the same time they are graduating from high school. The kind of AP test scores that Dr. Johnson helps SAS students achieve, also translate into a significant tuition savings at a university and allow SAS students to accelerate the acquisition of a Bachelors Degree at a university after high school graduation.
It is unusual for an attorney to dedicate himself in this way to children in the public school system, but what sets Dr. Johnson apart is much more than that. He gives up his time outside of class to sponsor the students at School for Advanced Studies in many different activities. This year he has sponsored our students in competitions for the African American Brain Bowl, Model UN, Moot Court and Mock Trial among other clubs and activities.