Round Rock ISD names Amanda Johnson McNeil principal

Round Rock ISD has named Amanda Johnson the new principal of McNeil High School.

Johnson has served as principal of Westview Middle School in Pflugerville ISD since 2015 and, prior to that position, was dean of instruction and assistant principal of curriculum and instruction at Leander ISD’s Vista Ridge High School.

She has also served as a Career and Technology education specialist in Lake Travis ISD and began her career in education as a teacher and coach at Round Rock lSD, including five years as the girls head basketball coach at Round Rock High.

At Westview Middle, Johnson increased eighth-grade math scores at all levels and spearheaded a strategy that led to increased placement in pre-AP courses. She implemented progress monitoring for students and developed tutorials and intervention and enrichment groups based on individualized student data. A champion of college readiness, she established a clear, compelling vision for a college readiness culture for all students at Westview and, as dean of instruction at Vista Ridge High School, implemented strategies that significantly increased the number of high school students earning college credit, participating in Advanced Placement and dual credit, and earning the distinction of National Merit finalists.

“Amanda Johnson has a stellar track record of helping students reach their full potential and make their dreams a reality,” Superintendent of Schools Steve Flores, Ph.D. said. “She believes in them and helps them believe in themselves through proven strategies and individualized approaches to education. We are proud to name her our newest Maverick and I am confident that she will drive McNeil to even greater heights.”

Johnson earned a Master’s in Educational Administration from Texas State University and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, major in management, from Southwest Texas State University.

“This is a phenomenal opportunity and I am thrilled to join the McNeil High School community and to return to Round Rock ISD, where my career in education began,” Johnson said. “I believe if we support and build capacity in our teachers we can create an inspiring environment for students to learn and thrive. I can’t wait for the school year to begin and to start building relationships with the staff, students, parents and community of McNeil High.”