Laurel County Public Schools is pleased to announce that Brandon Hensley has been named the Principal of Johnson Elementary. Mr. Hensley most recently has served as Assistant Principal at London Elementary.
An East Kentucky native, Mr. Hensley, knows how important education can be for the students of the region. His father was a coal miner, and his mother did not start working until he was a teenager when layoffs forced his father into the automotive industry. He is a first-generation college graduate and received his bachelor's degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Education and two Master's degrees in Educational Leadership and Supervision of Instruction from Union College.
Brandon was born and raised in rural Clay County, Kentucky, but has been a resident of Laurel County for twenty years, where he lives with his wife, teacher, Jessica Hensley, and their two children, Kamryn Faith and Kannon Roger. He has spent much of his educational career in Pulaski County, Kentucky, where he served as a teacher, team leader, PBIS Coach, Chair of the SACS Accreditation Team, member of the SBDM Council, and member of the District PBIS Coaching Team. Additionally, Mr. Hensley was the director of a Non-Profit Agency called Project Smokescreen that served Clay, Knox, Laurel, Whitley, and Pulaski Counties.
Mr. Hensley hopes to bring enthusiasm and love to Johnson Elementary with a focus on the school delivering high-quality instruction, innovative strategies to reach all students, and a family-oriented atmosphere where students and staff can grow into the best versions of themselves that they can be. The ability to foster a family atmosphere to create an environment that is conducive to learning and successful follow-through is foundational to Mr. Hensley's plans for the upcoming school year. The final element necessary is to have a sense of community and citizenship.