10th-12th grade English/Language Arts, Smithville High School,
Smithville, Missouri

Total years as a classroom teacher: 21


Northwest Missouri State University M.S. English 1998
Northwest Missouri State University B.S. English 1992

Teaching Experience

1995-present 10th grade English, Literature of Social Change, British Literature, Smithville High School, Smithville, MO
2008-present College Level English Methods, William Jewell College, Liberty, MO
1992 – 1995 9th grade English, American Literature, Plattsburg High School, Plattsburg, MO
1992 – 1993 7th-12th English, Northeast Nodaway Junior/Senior High School, Ravenwood, MO

Special Recognition

2012 National Board Certification

2008 Missouri NEA Horace Mann Award

2007 Missouri Teacher of the Year

2002 National Board Certification

2002 Missouri Scholars Academy Excellence in Teaching Award

2000 Smithville R-II School District Teacher of the Year

1999-2006 Smithville High School Teacher of the Year

Mr. Johnson considers himself to be a high-energy teacher with self-imposed demanding standards regarding instruction, assessments, and professional growth. He is strict but open, honest but sensitive, and optimistic without being naïve.

Mr. Johnson has several foundational principles: students and teachers should have mutually high behavioral and academic expectations of one another; educators must strive to obtain and maintain positive and productive relationships with all stakeholders; “failure” has an unfair reputation, as it is a necessary acquaintance and is a powerful tool; and finally, there should never be a time when students question a teacher’s passion.


“Darryl stresses the importance of teaching each individual child. He knows each student’s strengths and areas in which each student needs to improve and grow. He intently challenges every child to learn and achieve. Darryl is a true teacher leader and master teacher.”

Dr. George Curry, Superintendent

“Mr. Johnson is consistently considered by students and his peers as the most engaging and motivational instructor in the district. His unique efforts extend beyond the classroom by setting a professional standard for our other teachers.”

Michael Gromacki, parent of a student

“Mr. Johnson has emerged as more than just an educator. He has become a fellow writer, a mentor, a listening ear, even a friend, and ultimately one of my heroes. I can give no higher praise than that.”

Laney J. Willard, Student