Dr. Andrew S. Johnsen



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Dr. Andrew S. Johnsen

I am pleased to serve the students, families and staff of LUSD as Interim Superintendent during this time of transition.  Our Board of Trustees is committed to supporting outstanding academic and enrichment programs for our students, and our staff is second to none in their dedication to providing a first-rate educational experience for all.  I like to spend as much time as I can in our classrooms, so if I see you there, please stop and say hi.  I welcome input and feedback from staff, students and parents, so please feel free to drop me a note at ajohnsen@lsusd.net.


Bio: Dr. Johnsen began his career teaching the lower elementary grades in the early 1990’s, and has 17 years’ experience as a site and district level administrator in Los Angeles, Poway and Lakeside. As director of the Charter Schools Division in LAUSD, he worked with innovative programs serving diverse student populations. He has supervised bilingual and dual language programs in two schools and is a fluent Spanish speaker. Dr. Johnsen received the SDCOE Biliteracy Award in 2009 and was named ACSA Region 18 Elementary Principal of the Year in 2015. He has also taught courses for aspiring administrators at Cal State Northridge and has provided executive leadership coaching for principals and district office administrators in California, Arizona, Texas and Colorado. Dr. Johnsen received his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Pepperdine University in 1997 and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from UCLA in 2003.