Cynthia Johnson is an Associate Professor and the Director of Principal Certification at Gonzaga University.  She has been involved in education since 1994 with seven years of experience as a school administrator for both elementary and intermediate schools, achieving recognition in 2013 as the Jeanne Foster Wardian Leadership in Education Award from the School of Education at G.U., the 2012  winner of the Leading for Professional Learning Award through Learning Forward, and one of five finalists for the 2007 Texas Principal of the Year. She received her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership with a cognate focus on the role of Superintendent in Schools from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. She has two master’s degrees, one in School Administration and the other in Special Education. She also holds state certifications in Elementary Education, Special Education, Biology, School Administrator, and School Superintendent. Dr. Johnson has also contributed to the development of future school administrators through Partners for Educational Leadership at the service center in Corpus Christi, Texas. She is passionate about mentoring and coaching struggling principals. Her areas of interest in education have been creating collaborative teaming in PreK-12 schools, school relationships, culture, and morale, PreK-12 instructional practices, transformational school leadership, technology and online/blended learning, and working with at-risk students and families.