Former Mountain Vista principal dies: 'Steve was a great example of how to lead a building'

Former Mountain Vista principal was battling ALS before his death in late March

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When Mountain Vista Principal Mike Weaver took over the leadership of the high school during the 2011-12 school year, he knew what would be expected of him, thanks to help from his predecessor, Steve Johnson.

“I had the honor and pleasure of working with (Johnson) for six years while I was the principal of Bear Canyon Elementary, a feeder school to Mountain Vista,” Weaver said. “He was a great mentor to me. Steve was a great example of how to lead a building. Everything he did, he did the right way.”

Johnson, who served as Mountain Vista principal from 2002-11, died Easter Sunday, March 27. He was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — also known as ALS and Lou Gehrig's disease — in 2015. He was 58.

Before becoming principal, Johnson was a social studies teacher at Highlands Ranch High School. Prior to working in education, he served as a pastor for 10 years.

Weaver took over as principal at Mountain Vista when Johnson left to take a position with the Douglas County School District as director of high school education.

Johnson's memorial service was March 31 at the Centennial Covenant Church in Littleton.

Hundreds of friends and former students from the Mountain Vista community came to the service to pay their respects, Weaver said.

Johnson leaves a legacy of putting students first and doing what was best for them, Weaver said.

“We give out the Steve Johnson Leadership Award every year at Mountain Vista," Weaver said. “ I think the award takes on an added significance and will be one of the ways we honor him in the years to come."

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