Dr. Gloria L. Johnston has devoted over 40 years to a career in public education. She currently coaches, mentors and facilitates professional development for superintendents, school boards and central office administrators. Her work with school boards includes superintendent performance evaluations; strategic planning including vision, mission, core values and strategic goals; development of board meeting norms and behavior protocols; and board self-evaluations and goal setting. The primary focus of her work is on systemic strategies that lead to improving student achievement and closing the achievement gap. Her years of service in prekindergarten through university included roles as a classroom teacher, principal, central office administrator, university professor and dean, and fourteen years as a superintendent of schools. She has served in urban, suburban, and rural school districts in Illinois, California and Caracas, Venezuela.
Throughout her career, Gloria has been and continues to be an invited speaker at local, state and national professional conferences. She has served on state and national educational and research panels and committees, and has been awarded major professional development grants. She has also served on community boards, with civic groups and currently facilitates and participates in several superintendent professional organizations.
She is coauthor of three books, “Eight at the Top: A View Inside Public Education”, a collection of stories about the work of school district superintendents, “Effective Superintendent-School Board Practices: Strategies for Developing and Maintaining Good Relationships With Your Board”, a practical, experience-based look at the most important role the superintendent has in leading a school district, and “The Superintendent’s Planner: A Monthly Guide and Reflective Journal”, a yearlong look at the work of the superintendent in managing the day-to-day operations of the school district.
Dr. Johnston earned her PhD in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Illinois at Chicago, her MS in Bilingual/Bicultural Education and her BS in Humanities (magna cum laude) from Northern Illinois University and her AA from Elgin Community College.
She currently lives in San Diego, California, close to her two children, three grandchildren and the beach.