Chad Johnson, MEd
Superintendent of Livingston Public Schools
Born and raised as a small-town Montana boy, I have spent the past 25 years in public education in some great schools across the state; enjoying the Class C life as a teacher, coach, AD, and administrator at Melstone Public Schools to the Class A ranks of Hardin School District the past five years. Each and every school/community provides me with amazing unique experiences, both personally and professionally. These opportunities have clearly provided me with the insight and knowledge to continue to work in such a challenging yet rewarding career.
Upon graduating from Montana State University in the fall of 1997, I quickly filled an extended leave at Rosebud Schools and as they say…the rest is really history! Within my first six years of teaching junior high and high school science, I was recruited to enter the ranks of administration. The next thing I knew I was teaching science 7-12, coaching girls’ basketball, serving as the AD, and working my way through graduate school as a K-12 principal/Superintendent. I spent the next ten years within the Class C ranks, including my alma mater, Twin Bridges Schools where I still have one child currently attending TBHS as a sophomore. As much as I did not want to leave, it was clear that I had to expand and work myself into a larger district…in which five years ago, Hardin gave me that chance. I am grateful for the opportunity Hardin provided and the experiences I received during my tenure. However, in my travels across the state nearly every week and as a Bobcat faithful, I knew the moment was coming that I had to work myself back west towards my children and the Bozeman area.
I enjoy spending any free time:
- Chasing my lone high school student who is heavily active in extra-curricular activities at Twin Bridges High School.
- Visiting my five other children scattered from Bozeman to the Bitterroot Valley.
- Attending as many live sporting events as possible including the Rangers, the Twin Bridges Falcons, the Seattle Mariners/Kraken, and the Minnesota Vikings.
- Attending as many live concert events as possible, almost to a fault perhaps!
- Camping and hunting when time permits.
Vision & Practice
We want every child to reach their potential, and be launched well into their future, knowing we can never truly know one’s intellectual potential.
We want every child to experience school as a safe haven, a place where they feel known and valued and can grow in self-confidence. We know that every student brings to us a unique self with a unique history, capabilities, and interests.
We are a district recognized for its quality of education and academic rigor. We educate with the understanding that to be a life-long learner and a contributing citizen in a democracy, one must be curious, critical, driven to learn, self-disciplined, and get satisfaction from striving to live ethically. These traits walk hand-in-hand with any content we teach.