Leta Johnson

Executive Director of Educator Effectiveness and Evaluation
School District of Philadelphia
2016 Neubauer Fellow
M.A. Education Administration, Administrative Certification, Grand Canyon University
B.S. Elementary Education, Lincoln University
“It is my job and civic duty as an educator, leader, teacher, and mother to support our educational system in order to change or improve the trajectory of our most precious resources, our children. The Neubauer Fellowship has allowed me to grow as a leader and educator and has provided me with the tools to continue to build my educational and leadership acumen.”

Leta has served as the School District of Philadelphia’s Executive Director of Teacher Effectiveness and Evaluation since 2017. In this role, she serves school leaders, teachers and Non-teaching Professional Employees (NTPE) through the management of the district’s evaluation system in accordance and guidance of Act 82. Leta and her team are focused on ensuring that the systems and processes are grounded in growth, development, and continuous improvement in order to have a positive and sustained impact on student outcomes.

Previously, Leta served principal of Andrew Hamilton School (2013 – 2017). Under her leadership, Andrew Hamilton School achieved 72% growth (2014-2015) and 68% growth (2015-2016) within the School Progress Report Progress category. In addition, Hamilton School collaborated with community members to restore the library and institute volunteer library circulation and reading lessons.

Leta has been an educator since 1997. Prior to becoming a principal, Leta served as school-based administrator, dean, school-based teacher leader, testing coordinator, and 6-8th grade teacher. She is a member of Talent Equity Partners (2020-21) and has also served on the Principal/Assistant Principal Selection Committee and CASA Evaluation Committee since 2018. Leta grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Philadelphia High School for Girls.