• Brad Johnson, Principal

    Principal Brad Johnson My name is Brad Johnson and I have had the pleasure of working at Dickson for the last 15 years in both the assistant principal and principal roles.  Our school is a unique place in which there is a strong partnership between the school and families.  I am truly fortunate to work with the best students, teachers, and parents in Asheville.  Our Dickson family is the best!

    Originally I am from the Buffalo, New York area, but have lived in many areas of the country. In Buffalo, I received a degree in both elementary education and exceptional education. Later I worked in Fairfax County Virginia, New York, and Nevada.  In Las Vegas, I completed my Master's degree as well as getting my certification in teaching English as a second language.

    When not at school I enjoy spending time with my family.  We have two boys: eighteen and six, two girls: seventeen, and four.   Additionally, I enjoy hiking in the mountains, keeping bees, gardening, following the Buffalo Sabres and Bills, and enjoying everything that Asheville has to offer.  

    At Isaac Dickson we believe in an open door policy in meeting the needs of our students and parents.

    Please feel free to stop by, I am happy to help in any way I can.



    Marti Sullivan, Assistant Principal

    Sullivan Hello! My name is Marti Sullivan, and I'm so excited to be starting my 23rd year as a public school educator.   

    I joined Asheville City Schools in 2005 and Isaac Dickson in 2009. I deeply love this school, its staff, families, and community. I have a Masters in Elementary Education and licenses in both AIG and School Leadership. I have been a National Board Certified Teacher since 2010. I was named the 2020 ACS Teacher of the Year. The decision to leave the classroom after 22 years was not easy, but it is my sincere honor to continue serving our Isaac Dickson Community as the assistant principal. It is a joy supporting our students, staff, and families. 

    I am originally from NW Arkansas but have lived many places including Florida, where I began my teaching career, and Oregon, where I met my husband. When not working, I love traveling, hiking, being in the mountains and on or near the water, as well as spending time with my family. I have two children. My son graduated UNC-Chapel Hill in May 2021, and my daughter is a sophomore in the Professional Crafts-Woodworking Program at Haywood Community College. Both of my children graduated from Asheville High School after long careers with Asheville City Schools. 

    One of my passions in education is to ensure all students have a safe, nurturing learning environment where they feel valued for what they bring to the community. Building trusting relationships with students, staff, and families is crucial in this mission. I am here to work with you in providing the very best eduation for your child. Isaac Dickson is a special place that brings opportunities for unique learning experiences that connect curriculum content to life. We are passionate about empowering students to become independent thinkers and learners.

    Please don't hesitate to reach out at any point. 

    Office: (828) 350-6802

    Cell: (828) 337-0813

    Email: marti.sullivan@acsgmail.net

    Twitter: @MsMartiSullivan

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