Lake Linden hires new elementary coordinator

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Jack Johnson gives an update during his first school board meeting at Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools Monday.

LAKE LINDEN — During Brad Codere’s first meeting as superintendent and K-12 principal at Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools, the board appointed a replacement at his old position.

Jack Johnson will serve as elementary coordinator and also teach in the school.

Johnson has 11 years of teachiing experience — one in sixth grade in Wisconsin, and 10 at Hancock Public Schools, where he most recently taught fifth grade. Several years ago, he got a masters in administration.

“The position presented itself in a way that was extremely intriguing to me, the fact that you still get to be in the classroom teaching and work with the students, but have some administrative responsiblity,” he said. “I’m excited to get started here.”

Codere held the job for 12 years. He has been an invaluable resource in the transition, Johnson said.

“He knows the requirements and the ins and outs and when things need to be done,” he said.

“I’ve been able to pick his brain and have his ear in the transition, and it’s been extremely helpful,” he said.

Johnson is looking forward to meeting the kids, getting to know families and start working with the staff.

“The staff members I have met are extremely dedicated, and I’m excited to get into a community that supports and backs its school so strongly,” he said.