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Bios of Superintendent Finalists
Posted Date: 5/10/2013

We are pleased to introduce you to our three excellent candidates for Superintendent.

Karen

Karen Brofft currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Englewood Schools, a diverse school district adjacent to Denver. She has spent 23 years in the field of education in a variety of teaching and administrative roles. Her experiences as a teacher, principal and district administrator have provided her with and in-depth understanding of the importance of strategic goals and aligned systems that support the primary mission of learning. Prior to her work in education, Karen also spent seven years working in public relations and technology. In addition to her EdS in Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies, Karen also holds a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor's Degree in Communications. Throughout all of her experiences in education, Karen has maintained her commitment to community involvement, school and district culture, and unyielding focus on student growth and achievement.

Karen’s oldest daughter works in Fort Collins as an environmental planner and is currently completing her masters degree in urban planning. Her youngest daughter will graduate this month from the University of Colorado Denver with a degree in Business. Karen has spent most of her life in Colorado and finds herself outdoors whenever her schedule provides her with the opportunity.

Jason

Jason E. Glass is Iowa’s State Director of Education, serving as the state’s Chief State School Officer. Previously, Jason served as Senior Director of Human Capital Strategy with Battelle for Kids, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving America’s schools. In this role, he consulted with districts and states across the country in helping educators improve. Prior to joining Battelle for Kids, Jason served as the Director of Human Resources with Eagle County Schools in Colorado, a pioneer district in progressive human capital approaches. Jason has also worked as Eagle County Schools’ Director of Research & Assessment, as Vice President of Quality Ratings with Qualistar Early Learning, held several posts with the Colorado Department of Education, and worked as a university instructor and high school teacher in Kentucky. Jason holds a BA in Political Science, an M.Ed. in Education, and an MA in Political Science from the University of Kentucky. He holds a Doctorate in Education from Seton Hall University.

Jason currently lives in Des Moines, IA with his lovely wife Sarah, inquisitive and curious toddler Norah, cooing baby boy Chase, and their beloved and spirited Jack Russell Terrier, Ringo.


Don
Don Johnson currently serves as the Superintendent of the Middleton-Cross Plains Area Schools. It is a high achieving district with a commitment to serving a wide-range of students. He has led district priorities to align and redesign the curricular program, address achievement gaps, develop and expand programming for dual credit options, and expand and enhance technology use and integration, among others. Each district school has a personalized improvement plan that reflects both individual school priorities and the district wide vision and plan.

Prior to his tenure in Middleton-Cross Plains Area Schools, Don was the Director of Curriculum, Executive Director of Instruction, and Executive Director of Technology in the Eau Claire Area Schools, Wisconsin for 13 years. This focus on leadership in both instruction and technology has provided a framework for school and school district improvement. A central theme of his work has been to facilitate and lead efforts to build exemplary curricular systems, complemented by technology, to support outstanding teachers.

Don earned a Ed.D. from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota in Educational Leadership. His dissertation dealt with Developing Positive and Powerful School District Culture. He also holds an M.Ed. in Educational Studies/Comparative Education from the University of Utah, and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Brigham Young University. He was part of the federal LEAD program sponsored by the Danforth Foundation that was affiliated with BYU. His undergraduate work was completed at the University of Minnesota in Secondary Education-Social Sciences. He also participated in Harvard University's Principal Academy.

Other professional experience for Don includes serving as an Elementary Principal in Murray, Utah for 5 years, and teaching grades 6-8 in Park City, Utah for 9 years. Although his teaching focus was in social studies, he also taught reading, math, and journalism. He also served for two years as a school board member in Utah.

Don is married to Cindy Johnson, and has three adult daughters. Two daughters live in Boulder, Colorado, and one lives and will soon be married in Reno, Nevada. He is an outdoor enthusiast with interests in wilderness canoeing, backpacking, biking, and skiing.