Emily E. Johnson
Principal, Village Prep Woodland Hills
Emily Johnson grew up in Columbia, SC. She attended Wofford College, and upon graduation joined Teach For America New Orleans. During her tenure at KIPP New Orleans, Emily founded their first self-contained special education program. In 2013, Ms. Johnson moved to Cleveland where she began her journey at our Woodland Hills campus.
As she worked with scholars at Woodland Hills as an Intervention Specialist, Ms. Johnson brought her wealth of experience from New Orleans to our community. Ms. Johnson moved into the Leadership Role of Director of Curriculum and Instruction (DCI) in 2015, and served in that role until 2019. As DCI, Ms. Johnson was directly responsible for supporting and empowering teachers to increase proficiency on state assessments.
Emily lives with her dog Jack, her son Charlie, and her Husband Kevin. Fun fact: Principal Johnson played roller derby for Burning River from 2013-2018, and “retired” to have her son. What drives her: "I am passionate about connecting with our families and empowering our students."
Principal, E Prep Woodland Hills
Beginning at a young age, Lynesha Richardson has been dedicated to the field of education, and for the past 7 years, she has been devoted to E Prep Woodland Hills. As a young girl growing up in Michigan, she realized that getting a quality education was not an easy feat and this reality became even clearer when she attended Bowling Green State University and experienced educational struggles she was not prepared for.
Ms. Richardson’s career at E Prep Woodland Hills began in 2012 as the founding 6th and 7th grade Science teacher. After teaching 5th grade Science for a two years and becoming 5th grade team lead, she decided she wanted to make a greater impact on the school as a whole. She spent two years as the Dean of Scholars and is currently sharing her talents and love for education as the Principal of E Prep Woodland Hills.
Ms. Richardson strives to ensure that all scholars, no matter where they come from, receive the quality education they deserve. She experienced first-hand the importance of a high-quality education, and understands how central it is in making a meaningful impact in the surrounding community. She values the opportunity to empower young leaders who will one day continue to fight against injustice and work to make a difference.
Mission & Vision
Our mission is to seek to provide a high quality, academically rigorous education for the college bound scholar. We empower our scholars to think critically, assume social responsibility, and serve as advocates for themselves and the community. We achieve these goals with in a highly focused, structured and safe environment. We, as a community of educators, families and scholars work relentlessly to ensure that every child is prepared to succeed in a competitive world.
Our vision is that children in every neighborhood in Cleveland have access to at least one outstanding preparatory school.
It is always our goal to reach the whole child, and we strive for a balance of athletic and non-athletic after school extracurriculars. For example, extracurriculars include:
- Boys/Girls Basketball
- Open door academy
- Step team
- Geography bee
- Prep Loyalty Step team
- Urban squash
We are proud of our students' most accomplishments on the Ohio Department of Education exams. Our K-8 campus is a consistent leader in the Union Miles neighborhood, and a statewide leader among student growth and progress. You can find our full school report card on the ODE website here.
Innovative Academic Program
Our E Prep Middle School Approach
Our E Prep middle schools are very intentional about setting a culture marked by high expectations and no excuses. Every student can achieve and every teacher and administrator models relentlessness in this pursuit.
Our Village Prep School Approach
Our Village Prep elementary schools are a very focused environment for our young scholars. Teachers are passionate and committed, and every minute is used to the fullest. Village Prep’s two teacher model divides the class into small groups of 5-10 scholars to provide targeted, differentiated instruction. We use adaptive computer based programming to target skills in an engaging and fun way. A balanced curriculum that features Guided Reading, Reading Comprehension, Phonics, Writing, Math Fluency and Math Problem Solving as well as enrichment classes of Physical Education, Art, and Technology.
E Prep Woodland Hills is a tuition-free middle school serving students in grades K - 8.
Our E Prep & Village Prep Woodland Hills Campus was founded in 2011, and is the second campus of our founding E Prep & Village Prep schools in Cleveland's St Clair Superior neighborhood. Our first campus opened in 2006, and we have consistently grown to serve more students and families throughout Cleveland.
Dress Code & School Uniforms
Blue Preps Polo (Purchased at School Belles)
Green Preps Polo (Purchased at School Belles)
Black Preps Polo (Purchased at School Belles)
Note: All shirts can be long or short sleeved
Scholars in any grade can wear a Preps Pullover
- Girls: Plaid skirt or plaid jumper (green or blue) or black pants
- Boys: Black Pants
- Kindergarteners can wear elastic pants without a belt
- Belts: Black belt for all 1st - 8th Graders
- Shoes: Black dress shoes
Please find a list of our school’s policies below. If you have any questions, just let us know!
- Policy 204.14 – Career Advising & Student Success Plan
- Policy 453 - Wellness Policy
- Policy 203.1 Parent and Family Engagement in Title I Programs
- Policy 242 - Student Assessment and Academic Prevention
- Policy 227 - Child Find Policy
General Notice of Non-Discrimination
The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies:
Diana Harrison, Vice President of Human Capital