Minneapolis Public Schools gets new chief academic officer

Former Minneapolis Pubic Schools (MPS) Principal Bernadeia Johnson is returning to the district as the chief academic officer, the district announced on Aug. 3.

Interim Superintendent Bill Green reinstated the position as part of his new organizational chart.

Johnson, a previous principal at Elizabeth Hall Elementary, 1601 Aldrich Ave. N., most recently worked in Memphis schools as deputy superintendent alongside former MPS Superintendent Carol Johnson. She'll begin her new role Sept. 1.

In Memphis, Bernadeia directed academics, principal development, parental involvement and athletics. Bernadeia has also been a part of financial planning, accountability reporting and long-term planning.

As chief academic officer in MPS, she'll oversee various academic departments, including associate superintendents and principals, research and evaluation, early childhood education, special education, curriculum and instruction, and No Child Left Behind. She'll also advise the superintendent in academic initiatives and priorities.

&#8220Bernadeia brings a wealth of skills and a passion for education that will directly benefit the children of Minneapolis,” said Green. &#8220She has been a strong advocate for equity, access, increased rigor and higher professional standards for instructional and administrative staff in Memphis City Schools.”

Bernadeia's credentials also include a bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology from Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University and a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Thomas. Currently, she's a doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota.

&#8220I am pleased she's accepted this important post in Minneapolis and have the utmost confidence in her ability to close the achievement gap and raise educational standards for all students,” said Green.