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CKCA new Principal and award
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Ed Johnson

Central Kansas Christian Academy welcomed a new Principal this year along with adding ninth grade to their school. Ed Johnson enters his first year as the school’s head. Mr. Johnson comes to Christian education after a lengthy tenure in public schooling serving as a middle
school math teacher and softball/baseball coach in Kansas and New Mexico. Mrs. Jane Their, the former principal, has returned to the classroom, and serves as the schools fourth grade teacher. Mr. Johnson received his Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Eastern New Mexico University where he graduated summa cum laude in 2000. Continuing his education, he graduated with a Master’s of Art degree in Education with an emphasis in Math from University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
Mr. Johnson has long been involved in Christian Education through his church. He and his wife, Madge, who works in the Registrar’s office at BCCC, attend First Assembly of God in Great Bend and Larned Assembly of God in Larned. His parents were former Children’s pastors at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas for John Osteen (Joel’s dad). Ed and Madge have also served as children’s pastors in New Mexico.
Mr. Johnson was thrilled to learn of his new school being honored by Creative Communications Midwest’s “Celebration of Poets”. Mrs. Lori McLeland class received the publications Honor School Award. To receive this Honor School award, a school must have a large number of entries and at least half of the entries selected for publication. The publications Midwest area covers Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, as well as North and South Dakota. Mrs. McLeland selected the following poem written by then 4th grader Christopher Schenk.
Beside me is the quarterback
Beyond me is the end zone
In a moment the quarterback yells, “Hike!”
Beneath me is the turf
Behind me is a linebacker
Against the Bears
Nearly getting a touchdown
Like a Cheetah, I run into the end zone