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Maisha Johnson

Assistant Principal, Barack Obama Academy of International Students

Statement of Research Interest/Problem of Practice:
Maisha's research interests focus on how to increase the number of pre-service teachers of color in Duquesne University's School of Education undergraduate programs. 

In August 2017, Maisha became the Assistant Principal at Barack Obama Academy of International Studies 6-12 of Pittsburgh Public Schools. She primarily serves the middle school students and staff, but also provides support in the high school.

Maisha Johnson began her journey in education 15 years ago. She spent eleven of those years at Imani Christian Academy (K-12). She taught in the elementary and secondary schools. She provided academic support for underserved students in the Pittsburgh area. In 2009, while at Imani Christian Academy, she joined the administrative team as an Assistant Principal and Curriculum Supervisor.

Maisha directed Student Teaching and Field Placement at Duquesne University from 2012- 2017. She coordinated and managed all components of Student Teaching and Field Placement for the Leading Teacher Program. In 2014, she became a part of the adjunct faculty in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership in the School of Education.

Mentored by: Jean Marie Livingston, Ed.D.
Principal, Woodland Hills School District

Jean Marie Livingston, EdD, studied elementary education at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She completed her Master's Degree in Elementary Administration and Supervision at Duquesne University. She is certified as an elementary teacher, elementary principal, and secondary principal and has her curriculum and instruction certification. Jean defended her dissertation, entitled My Do Over: A Case Study of An Intentional Focus on Relationship Building, by the School Leadership, in a Newly Formed School in October 2016.

Jean has over 20 years' experience in public education and also served as a teacher for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. She is a seasoned elementary school administrator with involvement in all facets of educational leadership in an urban setting. She has focused on school reform, curriculum, instruction and community participation. Jean is adept at interpreting data, improving student achievement and capable of changing a school culture.