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Jessica J. Johnson
Dodgeland Elementary School
Dodgeland School District
Juneau, Wisconsin
johnsonj@dodgeland.k12.wi.us

During her five years as principal at Dodgeland Elementary School, Principal Jessica J. Johnson has expanded the use of technology, created opportunities for ongoing edu-cator learning, and modeled lifelong learning practices for colleagues.  When Johnson first arrived at Dodgeland Elementary six years ago, the school had a single computer lab and one computer for each teacher.  She has since transitioned the school into a one-to-one learning environment, piloting rich technology use with an iPad for each student and interactive whiteboards in every classroom.  As she learns about new technology tools, Johnson goes into class-rooms to try them out and model them for students.  With limited opportunities to connect with her colleagues for professional learning experiences throughout the small, rural-area school districts, Johnson created an elementary principals’ network that has grown to encompass seven districts.  Results of this have been a Regional Summer Teacher Academy, which has grown steadily in attendance each year, and a multi-district teacher professional development day each February.  Modeling ongoing learning through several means, Johnson maintains a blog that she ties to administrator standards and often circulates among staff as a way to share learning reflections.  Additional professional learning practices include visiting schools, attending and presenting at conferences, engag-ing in podcasts, and participating in and leading twitter chats.  Dodgeland’s district administrator says that by focusing on student learning, Johnson was able to transform the 355-student, prekindergarten through fifth grade school from a place with low morale and crippling negativity to a successful, collaborative learning environment.  Johnson holds a B.S. in from Bemidji State University and an M.A. in Education from Arizona State University.