Victory Place @ Coppell began over 15 years ago in a little portable building next to CMS West in 2003 with Mrs. Johnson at the helm. Several year later, it moved into the old administration building also next to CMS West. With Mrs. Johnson’s guidance and leadership the campus, then known as the Education Annex, continued to grow and be a model campus for the Disciplinary Alternative Education Program known as Compass and the Alternative Education Program known as Turning Point.
Every year, the work that Mrs. Johnson has led her staff and learners to do has improved and her goals achieved. She sets high expectations that our parents and stakeholders have come to expect as a part of an exemplary district with a focus on workforce and employability habits essential for success. She also believes in developing opportunities for learners to perform service to give back to the community. She earned the Texas Alternative Education Administrator of the Year award for 2014 and led the campus to earning recognition as a Great Expectations Model School in 2016-2017. Our campus earned that distinction again this year as we continue to focus on the Life Principles as a core of our culture. She opens her home to the staff for meals and fellowship and often provides treats for breakfast and lunches for celebrations. Her door is always open for anyone to make sure their questions are answered, needs are met or concerns are shared. If you need something, she will do whatever it takes to get it for you whether it is a resource, a community contact, or advice. She is in your corner every step of the way.
She truly cares about her staff and the learners with a heart to push them to see what they are capable of accomplishing. Her amazing attention to detail and organization skills help keep us on track and focused to juggle all of the different needs going on at one time. Learners come to Victory Place for a variety of different reasons and needs. She utilizes her many years of experience and knowledge to set the goals and expectations for each learner. Her background story is one of challenge and struggle, giving her the experiences to be empathetic with struggling learners, but yet not make excuses and build their fortitude to help them persevere through tough times. There are so many little things that Mrs. Johnson does that add up to big results. It truly is the little things that matter that result in continued success. We are so fortunate to have such an inspirational, dedicated, knowledgeable, compassionate leader.
Ron-Marie Johnson will have a new role as the Coppell ISD Director of Career and Technology Education, Fine Arts, and Physical Education starting July 3, 2017. Thank you Mrs. Johnson for your GENIUS!