Danna Johnson
Photo of Ms Johnson








Welcome to SY 2022-23! 

I am excited to welcome all Panther Cubs and families to what promises to be another #MWESExcellent school year! This is my 5th year serving as the principal of this awesome school and I can’t wait to get to know all of our new students and families!

My journey in education began 27 years ago in the Washington, DC public school system. I taught students in grades 1-5 in DC, NC, and VA for 19 years before I became an administrator in 2015. I began my career in Prince William County Schools (PWCS) in 2006. I taught at Triangle, Fannie W. Fitzgerald, and Bel Air Elementary Schools. I served as an Administrative Intern for one year and an Assistant Principal for three years at Featherstone Elementary before coming to Mary Williams ES.

My many years of service to diverse elementary school students and their families has taught me much about the importance of differentiation and student engagement. I am a firm believer in educational equity and equal access for all children. I believe that schools must create opportunities for both students and their parents to be actively engaged in student learning, both digitally and face-to-face. Technology supports engagement and differentiation by allowing teachers to create more personalized instruction and assessment, and to create lessons that are engaging, interactive, collaborative, and designed for multiple learning styles. I also value the role of the teacher and the importance of relationship and embrace the words of Dr. James Comer, "No significant learning can occur without a significant relationship."

Personally, I am the mother of two children. I have a 24-year old son who graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn, NY, and a 21-year old daughter, who is a senior at Old Dominion University. She is studying to be an elementary school teacher like her mommy! I also have a 34-year old bonus daughter and son-in-law, and five grand-girls, ages, 5, 4, and 2. My oldest granddaughter started Kindergarten this year and she is loving every minute of it! My bonus daughter and her husband have two sets of twins, and live in FL.

Mrs. Garcia, Assistant Principal; Mr. Hoffa, our new Administrative Intern; and I are here to respond to the needs of the entire MWES school community. We simply ask that whenever issues arise, you first seek assistance from your child's teacher, and that you always assume positive intent about our staff, as we do about you. Remember, we are all working together to make sure our MWES Panther Cubs succeed...and we can be "excellent together!" We are excited about the school year and here to serve you. Don't hesitate to reach out if we can be of any assistance.

Danna Johnson, Principal johnsdb@pwcs.edu

Ksenia Garcia, Assistant Principal garciakv@pwcs.edu

Nathaniel Hoffa, Admin Intern hoffane@pwcs.edu

Please join us on social media for updates about MWES:
We are on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/marywilliamses
We are on Twitter: @MaryWilliamsES and @Principal_MWES.

#MWESExcellentTogether #5Dens1Pride