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Johnson to leave MNPS
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 22, 2007) - Dr. Sandy Johnson, Chief Instructional Officer for Metro Nashville Public Schools, will be leaving Nashville in February to become superintendent of Glendale Elementary District 40, a K-8 school system in Glendale, Arizona. Dr. Johnson has been with MNPS since August, 2001, overseeing Learning Support Services and serving as a member of Director Pedro Garcia's cabinet.
"I am excited about being a superintendent and having the additional leadership challenges of that position," Dr. Johnson said. "I went to school in Arizona and I will be closer to my family members, so this is, in a sense, a move home for me. Glendale has great potential and wants to focus on improving student achievement. That was the primary attraction as I considered this change. While this is an exciting opportunity, I will miss the many great people in MNPS who love children and are doing outstanding work everyday to change lives. I am very proud of the accomplishments we've made in recent years, and I have every confidence the upward trends in MNPS academic results will continue due to the committed staff.
This is happy news for many parents and teachers who have long been dissatisfied with Johnson's imperious approach to instructional leadership in Nashville's public schools.