Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas today announced with deep regret that Dr. Jennifer M. Johnson, the Deputy Superintendent of Programs and Policy for the Arizona Department of Education, will be leaving the Department to pursue other professional opportunities.
“I am very impressed with Dr. Johnson and the great work she has done for the Department, the people of Arizona and most importantly the education of our children over the last several years,” said Superintendent Douglas. “Since starting in 2012, Dr. Johnson has been a source of stability during years of rapid change in education policy and a tough funding environment. These challenges have made her contributions even more significant.”
With over 38 years of experience in education, Dr. Johnson began her career as a high school teacher in southern California and spent 32 years with the Glendale Union High School District, first as a teacher and ending as the district’s superintendent. Dr. Johnson has been honored with both the Arizona School Administrators Distinguished Superintendent and Principal Awards as well as numerous accolades since joining ADE.
“Education is a rewarding and challenging profession. I am proud of the accomplishments we have been able to achieve under tough circumstances and give thanks to all of the great staff I have had the honor of working with at ADE,” said Dr. Johnson. “I wish all the best for the Department and the children of Arizona as I move on to the next stage of my career and on to new challenges.”
“It will be difficult to replace someone of Dr. Johnson’s stature. As a result, we will be considering our options, including internal promotion, Arizona candidates, and perhaps a national search,” Superintendent Douglas added. “While her position is critical to fill, that makes it all the more important to obtain the best candidates possible.”
The Superintendent said the Department celebrates Dr. Johnson’s work and wishes her the very best in all her future endeavors.