Principal’s Message


Kim Johnson
Principal and Director of Instruction


  • B.S. Elementary Education/SPED – DSU
  • MS Curriculum and Instruction/Math Specialist – BHSU
  • MA Educational Administration – USD


  • Working at Vermillion since 1996


Austin Elementary School is designated as the early childhood through first grade building for the district, serving students enrolled in Preschool, Early Childhood Special Education, Junior Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and First Grade.  In partnership with our children, families, teachers, and community, Austin School provides quality instruction and challenging learning experiences in a safe and nurturing environment.  We strive to create a positive school climate in which all children and adults feel welcome, respected, valued, and an important part of our school.

Austin School has implemented several new programs focused on school improvement:  Response to Intervention (RtI) for Reading, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), S.M.A.R.T. Therapy, Junior Kindergarten, and Tanager Preschool. We continue to strive for excellence in education.

Our students’ education experience will be enhanced through scheduled specials including:  Music, Physical Education, Guidance, Library, Computers, and S.M.A.R.T. Room.  Support staff is also available in the areas of:  Special Education, Title I, Counseling/Family Outreach and Nursing Services.

We welcome any questions you may have and hope to have an opportunity to welcome you to Austin School.