Stephanie Johnson oversees the state government's efforts to raise academic performance for thousands of Georgia's struggling students.

Since 2017, Johnson has led a state office that sends staff specialists and federal money to help turn around classroom experiences for more than 150,000 public K-12 and charter students in Georgia. With tight school funding and challenges for students from low-income communities, her job was already tough long before the COVID-19 pandemic hit Georgia in March of 2020.

Johnson wasn’t just called to a career in helping Georgia’s most struggling students. She was born into it.

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