Santee Superintendent Lisbeth Johnson has been picked by a statewide school leaders’ group as its Administrator of the Year, the school district announced this week. The Association of California School Administrators will give Johnson the honor on April 30 at its annual awards dinner.

In her five years as Santee School District’s superintendent, Johnson helped eight of Santee’s nine elementary schools exceed the state’s goal for standardized test scores. A press release from the school district cites her work on a $60 million school modernization bond, ramping up technology in classrooms, and escaping a fiscal crisis:

“Dr. Lisbeth Johnson is an outstanding superintendent,” said school board president Dan Bartholomew. “She models authentic leadership and has set her direction to serve children and leave a legacy in making a difference in the lives of the entire educational community in Santee.”

I had the pleasure of meeting Johnson in December, while researching this article about K-8 schools. Check out her cameo near the end.

EMILY ALPERT

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