Dr. Bernadeia Johnson served as superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools from February 2010 to January 2015 and oversaw academic achievement for 36,000 Minneapolis district public school students and their 7,000 staff members. She led the district through many ups and downs, as she faced urgent pressure from the community to improve educational outcomes—especially for low-income students and students of color—and led the district through the tail end of a recession that resulted in mass layoffs. She also initiated bold solutions to improve education outcomes and close the achievement gap, including ending nonviolent suspensions for young children and an aggressive teacher union negotiation titled "Shift" that focused on changes to staffing, and greater school autonomy and accountability. Dr. Johnson initiated a strategic approach to work closely with high performing charter schools and co-created a unique collaboration with Harvest Prep Network to open Mastery School. Dr. Johnson taught 5th grade and is a National Board Certified teacher who has also been a building principal. She has supported efforts that impact children and families, including: Dream Act, Anti Bullying legislation, LGBT inclusive practices, and Solutions not Suspensions.