Ronnie L. Johnson, Ph.D, is retiring after 41 years in the Watson Chapel School District. She has served 44 years in the public school system, according to a news release.

A parade will be held in her honor at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at Coleman Intermediate School, 4600 W.t 13th Ave.

Due to COVID-19 guidelines, the parade will be a drive-by-event. Organizers encourage the community to decorate their vehicles and show their support.

“This celebration is open to the public for Dr. Johnson’s students, peers, co-workers, friends, and family to have an opportunity to show their love and support for her having given so much to this community,” according to the release.

A native of Pine Bluff, she is a graduate of Dollarway High School. She graduated from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff with a degree in elementary education/special education. She earned a master’s degree in special education from Henderson State University at Arkadelphia and a Ph.D in educational supervision and leadership from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, according to the release.

At Watson Chapel, Johnson was chairwoman of the Special Education Department for many years and worked with her students who participated in Special Olympics.

“She is loved by all students, faculty, peers and staff. Her greatest accomplishment has been the opportunity to help enrich the lives of students, so that they could become more productive citizens,” according to the release.

“She is a lifetime member of Kings Highway Missionary Baptist Church where she is an awesome servant! Dr. Johnson has served as Sunday School teacher, Superintendent of Sunday School, Youth Director, choir member, and is a Christian Motivational Speaker of the highest caliber,” according to the release.