Donna Johnson serves as the Executive Director to the Delaware State Board of Education. In her work with the State Board of education, she has been a leader in the development of the first Charter School Performance Framework, which established state-wide standards for performance in academics, economic viability, and operations and Governance. She served on the 2012 National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) Study Group which published the report on educational technology, Born In Another Time, and has presented multiple times across the country on issues involving Educational Technology and Digital Citizenship. She was appointed to the Governor’s STEM Council in January 2011 by Governor Jack Markell, where she serves as the leader of the Public Education Advisory Committee She has been involved in several policy issues at the state and national level, including Common Core State Standards Implementation, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, state-wide Educator Accountability, Educational Technology Standards, and STEM Education. Currently she is the President-elect of the National Council of State Boards of Education Executives (NCSBEE).
Prior to joining the Delaware State Board of Education Donna was a District Coordinator for Mathematics and STEM Initiatives in Caroline County, Maryland, and a former high school mathematics teacher at Sussex Technical High School and Caesar Rodney High School in Delaware. She majored in Mathematics at Wake Forest University and then completed a Bachelors of Math Education at Delaware State University. She is completing a Masters in Educational Leadership at Wilmington University.
Donna has experience in classroom instruction, development and delivery of professional development, evaluation of teacher performance, data analysis, development and analysis of high stakes assessment, grant writing, and fostering partnerships in education with both local businesses as well as higher education. She has had the opportunity to lead state wide educational professional associations in both Maryland and Delaware as well as participate in national educational advocacy groups. She has presented at regional, national, and international conferences on curriculum, pedagogy, STEM Education and educational policy.