Dr. Aaron Johnson '04
As a tireless advocate for children, education, and community building, High School Educator and Civic Leader Dr. Aaron D. Johnson’s mandate is inspiring youth to dare to dream, while helping make their aspirations come to fruition through diligence in higher scholastic heights.
Aaron taught Global Studies, African American Studies, and Criminal Justice at Bay Shore Senior High School on the south shore of Long Island for over 15 years, and was recently appointed Assistant Principal at Freeport High School. Aaron is an award-winning educator and speaker who has been recognized for his dedication to equity, social justice, activism, child advocacy, and of course - education. During his esteemed career, Aaron has also served as the keynote speaker for several commencement ceremonies, as Master of Ceremonies and co-organizer for the annual Black History Month program at Bay Shore High School, and as Assistance Coach of the school’s basketball team and volunteer coach and mentor with the United North Amityville Youth Organization – just to name a few of his accolades.
For his civic involvement, Johnson has received a New York State Proclamation for education and activism from the New York State Assembly, Citations from New York Assemblyman Philip Ramos for his “dedication as an advocate for children,” from Suffolk County Legislator Ricardo Montano for “outstanding achievements and contributions to the betterment of our community” during Islip Town’s celebration of Black History; and from Congressman Steve Israel as an Honoree during Islip Black History Month for “continuous commitment to serving our community.”
Johnson earned a Doctor of Education from St. John's University and a Master of Arts degree in Liberal Studies (History concentration) from SUNY Stony Brook University. He holds two BA degrees: in Adolescence Education (7–12) & Social Studies from SUNY College at Old Westbury, N.Y., and in History from, of course, our very own SCSU. For the latter, he received a full athletic scholarship for basketball. Upon graduation, he played basketball in Mexico and had multiple offers to play overseas before deciding to remain home and continue his education.