Hi, I’m school assembly presenter and library program performer Cris Johnson. You know what? I’m weird. I can admit it because I’m proud of being weird! You might know the word “weird” by its other name – diversity! Every one of us is unique and special in our own way.
I’ve made it my life’s mission to reach as many kids as possible and deliver messages of good character, diversity, and making good choices to the students in these schools. I’ve created curriculum support programs on topics such as Math, American History, Science, Reading (and a SECOND reading assembly: a special Seussical Reading Adventure!), and Ecology/Conservation as well as character development programs on Bullying Prevention, Character Education, and Drug Awareness.
In short, I want kids to know and believe with their hearts and souls that each and every one of them is a wonderful, important person who can do whatever he or she wants as long as they believe in themselves and put forth the effort to learn and do amazing things. Kids deserve to feel safe, nurtured, and enabled to make their dreams come true.
My assemblies are crammed from beginning to end with important messages, concepts, and lessons designed to help your students treat each other with kindness and respect, appreciate science, math, American history (and other curriculum subjects), develop a love of reading, and more.
Teachers, students, PTA/PTO parents, faculty & staff love my programs. Here’s what a school principal from a school I visited recently had to say:
“Cris Johnson is someone you most definitely want to come visit your school and present to your students! His professionalism, charisma, and programs are far above the rest. He handles every last detail himself and makes every part of bringing his assembly programs (from scheduling to day-of setup) easy for the principal and school. The caliber of his program content is perfect for students in today’s ever changing and growing complex world. Whether he is showcasing character traits or test taking strategies, your students will be engaged and listening as a result of his mix of high interest tricks, media, and sensory inputs with choice language and explicit powerful messaging. By far what makes Cris the best assembly program provider for your school though is his ability to manage a large crowd! From the time the kids enter your gym, cafeteria, or multipurpose room to the time they reenter the classroom, Cris has them following his every lead in being respectful and courteous, quiet when necessary, and participating appropriately. Never have I had an assembly end so calmly and quiet!”
Kelly Moran, Ed.D., Principal
Maple Elementary School
How do I do it? Well, depending on the assembly program topic, each show might have hilarious and interactive magic, comedy, or it might have wacky ‘game show’ set pieces pitting students vs, teachers! There might be goofy sound effects, music, and more! Did I mention how “interactive” my school assemblies are? Depending on the program, I might get a dozen kids or more on stage to help! Using all of these different presentational ‘tools’ means I keep the kids riveted from start to finish – they never take their eyes off me because they can’t wait to see what happens next!
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “There are a LOT of choices for elementary school assembly presenters out there – how do I know this guy’s any good?” I’m glad you asked. I’m not famous – I’m not Bill Nye, even though I have an award-winning Science Assembly and a hilariously interactive Math Assembly. I’m not David Copperfield or Criss Angel, even though I use amazing, visual, and hilarious magic to teach character education and bully-proofing concepts. I’ve never performed in Las Vegas, even though you’ll love the full color sets I bring with every assembly program that are designed to turn an ordinary assembly program into a complete theatrical experience for your students.
Here’s what can set your mind at ease: You can believe that I will bring the assembly highlight of your year to your school because of two things – the incredible feedback I’ve received over the 20+ years I’ve been doing this (check out comments from past school administrators, principals, PTA/PTO parents, media specialists, and more throughout this website.) AND my incredible guarantee. Here it is:
In short, if you don’t think I delivered amazing lessons and messages to your students in a fun, interactive, entertaining manner, not only will I cheerfully refund your check, but I will also donate $500 to your school’s PTA/PTO.
Oh, and after having performed 200 shows a year for the past 20 years in 36 states across the United States, NO ONE has ever requested a refund. Many elementary schools and public library clients have me come back year after year.
So, check out my entire site – with over a dozen different school assembly topics (and 12 library shows, too!) including “just for fun” field day/family night/reward options, there’s plenty of assembly topics that will benefit YOUR school!
You can fill out a contact form (they’re all over the place on this site) or call me at (716) 940-8963 (that’s my cell phone). Even though I’m on the road a lot, I will get back to you as soon as I can!
P.S. I almost forgot – because I am so busy, I sometimes book up six months to a year in advance, especially for ‘prime slots’ in the school year such as Read Across America, so contact me right away to see if your preferred date is open!