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Sharon Johnson

Associate Superintendent for Instruction


Sharon Johnson is an Associate Superintendent for Aspire Public Schools, a charter management organization in the Bay Area region. In 2016, she transitioned to her regional leadership role to operate seven of the eleven Bay Area schools serving over 4,600 scholars in East Palo Alto, Oakland, and Richmond.  Sharon started her career with Teach for America in Compton, CA in 1998 after graduating from Northwestern University.  She worked in elementary classrooms from primary to upper elementary grade levels in Compton and then East Palo Alto, CA and founded new teacher support networks in her school.  Beginning in 2003, she served as Aspire East Palo Alto Charter School (EPACS) Literacy Coach, supporting teacher development and developing the school’s instructional program.  After earning her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from San Jose State University, Sharon became the Principal of EPACS in 2011.  Under her leadership, EPACS outperformed all of the schools in the local district and earned distinction from Innovate Public Schools as one of the top 10 schools serving low-income students in the Bay Area.

Currently, in addition to leading the Aspire Bay Area schools in East Palo Alto as Associate Superintendent, Sharon serves as Principal for East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy, Aspire’s secondary campus in East Palo Alto.  She is a loyal servant and resident of the East Palo Alto community.  Sharon is a National Equity Project Fellow and has taught as an Adjunct Professor for Alliant University as well as Aspire’s teacher residency program, now called Alder Graduate School of Education.  Sharon is a proud single mother of a recently minted adult son, and spends her free time with friends, family and her dog.  She enjoys gardening and travels near and far.