District Administration

Meet the Superintendent

Dr. Merlyn Johnson



Degrees and Certifications:
BSE - Williams Baptist College (1998)
Masters - SEMO (2004)
Ed.S. - SEMO (2009)
Ed.D. - Lindenwood University (2015)

Message from Dr. Johnson:

Welcome to the St. James R-I School District!

This website is one of the communication avenues we use to keep our citizens connected to the district. I encourage you to use it to stay informed of the great endeavors undertaken by our staff and students.

We value input and feedback as we collaborate to improve in our quest to ensure all students achieve at the highest level. We strongly believe we must empower students through caring relationships, academic excellence, and community partnerships.

Merlyn Johnson, Ed.D.
Superintendent of St. James R-I School District


About Dr. Johnson
Merlyn's first teaching position was at North Pemiscot Co. R-I School District in the Bootheel. While in Southeast Missouri, Merlyn worked as a science, math, and social studies teacher at the junior high and high school levels. He also coached baseball, softball, and was a Beta Club sponsor. While at Clarkton C-4 Schools, he was promoted to the position of high school principal. In 2010, Merlyn moved to Summersville, MO where he served as the high school principal  and later the district superintendent.   

Merlyn and Amy have two daughters: Alyssa, a sophomore at Missouri State University, and Reagan, a second grader.

Professional Memberships and Responsibilities

  • Adjunct Professor - Lindenwood University
  • Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA)
  • State Beta Club Council
  • South Central MASA President
  • MASA Constitution Committee
  • Missouri Association of Rural Education (MARE)
  • Commissioner's Advisory Council

Local Organizations Memberships

  • Community Partnership Board of Directors
  • St. James Chamber of Commerce
  • St. James Community Foundation
  • St. James Forestry Board
  • St. James Sports Club