Gloria L. Johnston
Senior Consultant

Gloria L. Johnston has devoted over forty years to a career in education.  She currently coaches, mentors, facilitates meetings and provides professional development for principals, central office administrators, superintendents, and school boards.  The current 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 grade 12 education included roles as a teacher, principal, central office administrator, and she retired from public education after serving twelve years as a superintendent of schools. She subsequently served as Dean of the School of Education at National University, a private, nonprofit institute of higher learning with headquarters in San Diego, California.  She worked in urban, suburban and rural school districts in Illinois, California and Caracas, Venezuela.

Throughout her career Gloria has been an invited speaker at state and national professional conferences, served on state and national educational and research committees, and has been awarded major professional development grants.  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 calendar and planning journal that helps superintendents address day-to-day concerns while keeping student achievement  in perspective throughout the year.

Dr. Johnston earned her Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Illinois at Chicago, her M.S. in Bilingual/Bicultural Education and her B.S. in Humanities (magna cum laude) from Northern Illinois University.  She currently lives in San Diego, California, close to her two children, three grandchildren and the beach.