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Message from the Superintendent

Message from the Superintendent


I am very pleased to be the superintendent in the Glendale Elementary School District and am looking forward to getting to know the many fine parents and students we have in this District. Since arriving on February 26, 2007, I have had the opportunity to visit all schools and departments and learn more about the wonderful programs and activities that we already have.

All of the District staff is working hard to become an exemplary district and we have the strong support of our Board of Education to make needed changes. To meet this goal of excellence, we have a number of new initiatives to help us ensure that all of our students achieve at their highest levels.

Our primary focus will be to improve student achievement. We also want to ensure that all schools are safe, orderly, attractive and welcoming. We have hired an excellent group of highly qualified teachers and they are participating in professional development along with our current teachers beginning July 16. The primary focus of this training is on improving our teaching of reading. We have also hired several new outstanding principals and assistant principals who join an excellent administrative team. In addition, GESD has a group that includes parents, support staff, teachers, and administrators working to develop a strategic plan to guide us in our work for the next five to ten years.

Thank you for the privilege of educating your child. All of us in GESD welcome and encourage your involvement in your child’s school and believe that having you as partners in your child’s education will help us provide an even better education. We hope you will continue to communicate your ideas and suggestions to help us improve our District.

We look forward to an outstanding 2007-2008 with your help and support and the continued work of our excellent staff.

Sincerely,



Sandra D. Johnson, Ed.D.
Superintendent

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The Superintendent

Dr. Sandra Johnson is currently the superintendent in the Glendale Elementary School District, a growing district of seventeen (17) schools serving approximately 14,000 preschool through eighth grade students. Dr. Johnson assumed the responsibilities as superintendent in Glendale on July 1, 2007. She spent the previous four months in the district working with the Board and previous superintendent to prepare for the 2007-2008 school year. Prior to coming to Glendale Elementary, she served as the Chief Instructional Officer for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools for the past six years.

Other public school districts in which Dr. Johnson has been employed include Corona Norco Unified School District, Poway Unified School District, and Alhambra City Schools, all in California.

Dr. Johnson has been an Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, a Director of Learning Support Services, a high school principal, and an elementary and high school assistant principal. She taught for eleven years at both the elementary and secondary levels, beginning her teaching career in Flowing Wells School District in Tucson.

Dr. Johnson earned a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from National University in San Diego, California, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona. Dr. Johnson also has a major in English.

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