Bernadeia Johnson

Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools. She oversees academic achievement for all students and the school district’s business functions. She has headed district academics since 2006, when she was hired back from Memphis schools to be chief academic officer and later became deputy superintendent.

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Selma, Ala.




Married, two children


Alabama A&M University, B.S.; University of St. Thomas, M.A.; University of Minnesota, Doctorate




Honored in 2012 with both the Minnesota School Public Relations Association District Leadership for Excellence in Communications Award and the University of St. Thomas Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award.

Mailing Address:

1250 W. Broadway Av., Minneapolis, MN 55411




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Barton appointment gets parent blowback

BLOG POST Updated: Jun 18 2014 - 10:23 AM

The district is getting blowback from parents at Clara Barton Open School at a time that’s usually celebratory for a school – the announcement of a new principal.The discontent arises...

District names Aponte to head South High

BLOG POST Updated: Jun 13 2014 - 5:35 PM

The district is reaching into the ranks of South High School parents to fill a long-open principal post at the school.Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson Friday announced the appointment of Ray Aponte,...

Minneapolis falters in first use of 'focused instruction' technique

ARTICLE Updated: Jun 7 2014 - 12:43 AM

It’s been a rough first year for Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson’s main tool for raising the achievement of Minneapolis schoolkids.Students who were introduced to “focused instruction” — an attempt...

Mpls. releases new principal assignments

BLOG POST Updated: Jun 3 2014 - 5:25 PM

Five new principal assignments have been named in Minneapolis district schools, with the top jobs in 11 schools yet to be filled, in part due to an administrative reshuffle announced May 23.The...

MPS doubles associate superintendent ranks

BLOG POST Updated: May 23 2014 - 6:27 PM

The Minneapolis school district Friday boosted its associate superintendent ranks from four to seven people and created an eighth position to supervise them in a reorganization that's intended to...

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