Dr. Christine Johns has served as Superintendent of Utica Community Schools since 2006. Under Dr. Johns' leadership, Michigan’s second largest school district has been at the forefront of implementing educational changes to promote a college culture that is focused on the success of every child. Student achievement is among its highest in the district’s history and UCS students perform at levels above state and national averages. All four UCS high schools were recently honored as among the best high schools in the nation by Newsweek magazine and the district’s Utica Academy for International Studies (UAIS) was recognized as the state’s most academically challenging school by the Washington Post.
Under Dr. Johns’ leadership, Utica Community Schools has earned a national reputation for the effective use of technology to leverage teaching and learning in district classrooms. The district's blended learning model in kindergarten through second grade has attracted national attention for its focus on creating personalized instruction for every student. She has led the integration of school-wide data teams to promote improved achievement and changes that focus on mastery of content by UCS students. Dr. Johns is also one of only 40 national educators invited to participate in Digital Promise, a bipartisan, public-private partnership chartered by Congress to spur innovation in public education through technology.
As Superintendent, Dr. Johns has also provided the leadership for programs that offer parents a portfolio of choices that support career and college readiness. UCS high schools also have a wide array of Advanced Placement, career and technical education programs and opportunities in the fine and performing arts. The district’s Advanced Placement programs have been honored by the College Board for the increase in student participation and success.Specialty programs available to secondary students include the UAIS, the Utica Center for Science and Industry and the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology. In addition to comprehensive elementary programs, parents also have options for a Mandarin Chinese program and a K-6 Montessori program. Programs are enhanced by such community partnerships as a public-private consortium dedicated to STEM education known as Velocity Jr.
Dr. Johns has been named a Tech Savvy Superintendent of the Year by eSchool News. She also received the People’s Choice Award from Leadership Macomb as Macomb Superintendent of the Year and was recently named one of the 100 most influential women in Michigan by Crain's Business Detroit.
Prior to her current role as Superintendent of Utica Community Schools, Dr. Johns served as Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in the Baltimore County Public Schools and has held various administrative positions in the Pasadena Unified School District and Prince George’s County Public Schools.
Dr. Johns holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, and both a Master’s of Education degree and Doctor of Education degree in Educational Administration from Harvard University.