The Georgia Department of Education and State School Superintendent Richard Woods have selected Stephanie Johnson, a successful turnaround principal with 22 years of education experience, to oversee the Department’s school improvement efforts. After leading the turnarounds of Sequoyah Middle School and Jonesboro High School in Clayton County, Johnson served as the turnaround principal of Maynard Jackson High School in Atlanta, and was a finalist for National Principal of the Year in 2017. She will serve as the GaDOE’s Deputy Superintendent for School Improvement. “Stephanie Johnson is a dynamic leader with a proven track record of beating the odds and eliminating barriers for students,” Superintendent Woods said. “I’m confident she will make a great addition to our team at the Georgia Department of Education as we work to provide all schools with the meaningful support they need to improve student outcomes and expand opportunities.” Johnson brings thoughtful, data-driven decision-making and a clear sense of urgency to the crucial work of supporting underperforming schools. She has a proven record of success with at-risk populations and cleared three schools from No Child Left Behind’s “Needs Improvement” status, while expanding gifted education and accelerating academic opportunities for all students. During her time at Maynard Jackson, the school’s College & Career-Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) score increased from 53.8 in 2012 to 76 in 2016. In her work as a principal, Johnson has focused on engaging the community and bringing new partners to the table to support student success. She views a collaborative school environment as the key to creating successful students and supporting teachers, and believes partnerships with parents and community members are essential to enriching the educational experience.