Meet the Superintendent

dr. merlyn johnson
Dr. Merlyn Johnson Portrait


Degrees and Certifications:
BSE - Williams Baptist University (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!

One of the attributes that attracted me to St. James R-I is the pride the community has in its school!  It is not only a great place to learn, but a great place to raise a family in general.  

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 encourage, engage, and educate each of our students well by providing excellence in instructional practices and extra-curricular opportunities. 

St. James R-I Schools is a great place to learn and collaborate, and I continue to feel honored and blessed to be the leader of such a high achieving district!!!  

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


About Dr. Johnson
Merlyn Johnson was raised in La Monte, Missouri and graduated from La Monte R-IV High School in 1993. He graduated from Williams Baptist University in 1998. His 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, where he served in that capacity for five years. In 2010, Merlyn moved to Summersville, MO where he served as the high school principal for one year and the district superintendent for five years.    

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

Professional Memberships and Responsibilities

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

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
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