HOMETOWN HERO: Principal Brad Johnson

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GLASGOW, Ky. (WKBKO) -- The job of being a high school principal is full of meetings, planning, and working with students.

In Barren County, Principal Brad Johnson has taken his role even further, stepping into the lives of those he works with, and helping out when life gets tough.

"I love my job, I love my job, I love coming to work every day, it's never boring," says Barren County High School Principal, Brad Johnson.

"He's wanting to know what we're doing in our classes and what we're doing outside of school and he just cares about how our day is going," says Avery Logsdon, a senior at Barren County High School.

She goes on to say, "He's not a principal that just stays in his office and not interacts with the teachers and students."

"Well, it's important to show that we care," says Johnson, "And one thing we try to say is, kids don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care.

Johnson says it's not just caring about grades and test scores, but the personal lives of everyone in the building.

"Back in October of last year -- 2016 -- I lost my wife, suddenly," says Matthew Bragg, a custodian at the school. "And he [Principal Johnson] come down to the hospital and he spent the whole day here and that meant a lot to us."

"I'll never forget that day. Very close with the family," says Johnson.

"My little girl, she's five, my little boy, he's eight," adds Bragg.

But Principal Johnson didn't stop with just one visit to the hospital.

"He's been there for me and my kids ever since," says Bragg. "Christmas time rolls around he's helped out there and stuff and it means a lot to us."

Johnson smiled, talking about the family. "Matt's daughter, Bryanna, after she lost her mom she has to come with Matt to work a lot of times and we've kind of taken her in and tried to fill that role," he says.

Other students say Principal Johnson is just as involved in the school.

"I play for the Barren County golf team and every time we have a tournament or a match he's always there to support us and help us do our best," says BCHS senior, Cortney Withrow.

"Most students enjoy his presence, enjoy seeing him in the halls, enjoy seeing him at athletic events," adds Aaron Russell, a BCHS junior.

Students say one of their favorite things about Principal Johnson is his infamous "thumbs up" he gives while walking through the halls.

"He's a really nice principal and he's always willing to help out when he needs to help out," says Paige Fisher, a senior at Barren County.

But for Principal Johnson, the nomination for Hometown Hero wasn't something he ever expected.

"I got teared up to be honest with you," he tells 13 News.

He really shares the award with the entire school.

"We have a great school. We have a caring faculty," says Johnson.

According to Bragg, "I think the world of him and hope he knows I think of him more of a friend than a boss or anything like that. He's a good guy."

For taking his role as Principal to a personal level and making a difference in the lives of so many in Barren County, we honor Principal Brad Johnson as this week's Hughes and Coleman Hometown Hero.

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