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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Consultant
Special Education Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti, Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You.

Birthplace

Born:
1/7/1938
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Consultant
Special Education Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti, Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You.

Birthplace

Born:
1/7/1938
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

A versatile scholar, educator and administrator, Sandra Ford Johnson has been a proactive advocate for children with special needs. Born in Chicago in 1938, Johnson was one of the first African Americans selected to attend the University of Chicago's prestigious Laboratory School.

At the age of fifteen, Johnson enrolled at the University of Chicago, where she earned a B.A. in 1958. After graduation, Johnson moved to Los Angeles, where she taught in Hollywood and Studio City. Seeking new challenges, she moved to Heidelberg, Germany, in 1967 as part of the Department of Defense's Overseas Dependent Schools program. Johnson later earned her M.Ed. from the University of Southern California and in 1976 received her Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Kansas, specializing in improving communication and networking in the public school system.

Johnson put her knowledge and experience to excellent use as assistant superintendent of the Washington, D.C. school system. As an administrator, she implemented programs in social work, school psychology, health, counseling, guidance and attendance for 140,000 students. Additionally, she created and produced Positive Plus, a cable TV program that featured school success stories. Johnson ultimately was promoted to state director for special education, with oversight of all policies and programs for students with disabilities in the District of Columbia.

In 1997, Johnson formed her own consulting company, SE3, providing services to both government and business. She has consulted and advised Native American tribes; performed research in Kenya for the U.S. Agency for International Development; and worked as a legislative liaison and public policy advocate for the National Association of Pupil Services Administrators. Her well-respected work also earned her an assignment in the office of New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Johnson lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Harry Johnson.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Sandra Johnson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Sandra Johnson lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Sandra Johnson states her parents' names, birthdates, and places of birth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Sandra Johnson talks about her paternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Sandra Johnson talks about her lack of knowledge about her family history and her family's ties to the Episcopal Church
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Sandra Johnson describes her close relationship to her maternal grandmother and extended paternal family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Sandra Johnson explains how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Sandra Johnson talks about her maternal family in Missouri
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Sandra Johnson describes her childhood in Chicago, Illinois and her acceptance into the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Sandra Johnson talks about the area of the South Side of Chicago, Illinois that she grew up in
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Sandra Johnson talks about sports she participated in and other activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sandra Johnson remembers her time at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sandra Johnson talks about difficulties in history class at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sandra Johnson talks about how she learned to read quickly and her love for reading and writing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Sandra Johnson talks about attending the University of Chicago as an undergraduate
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Sandra Johnson talks about her studies at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Sandra Johnson explains her childhood career ambitions
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Sandra Johnson talks about beginning to work after graduating from the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois at nineteen
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Sandra Johnson talks about moving to Los Angeles, California and working as a counselor for juveniles
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Sandra Johnson talks about working as a counselor for juveniles
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Sandra Johnson describes being discriminated against while trying to find teaching jobs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Sandra Johnson remembers being hired to teach in Studio City in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Sandra Johnson talks about her experience teaching in Studio City in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Sandra Johnson talks about teaching in Studio City in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Sandra Johnson recalls a student trying to set her up with an actor and advice from her principal
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Sandra Johnson talks about applying to teach overseas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Sandra Johnson recalls being accepted as a teacher for Overseas Dependents Schools in Germany
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Sandra Johnson talks about living in Germany and teaching
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Sandra Johnson describes meeting her husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Sandra Johnson recalls the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Sandra Johnson remembers her return to the United States in the early 1970s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Sandra Johnson talks about studying and working at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Sandra Johnson recalls becoming principal of a high school in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Sandra Johnson talks about moving to Washington, D.C. in 1978 and being a position at the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Sandra Johnson talks about advocating for students with disabilities and special needs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Sandra Johnson recalls working with HistoryMaker Floretta McKenzie and how D.C. politics affected her work
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Sandra Johnson talks about starting her own educational consulting firm in 1996
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Sandra Johnson recalls returning to the White House when Bill Clinton was elected
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Sandra Johnson recalls Bill Clinton's infidelity and going to work for Hillary Clinton
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Sandra Johnson talks about her participation in Democratic politics
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Sandra Johnson describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Sandra Johnson talks about her current activities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Sandra Johnson reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Sandra Johnson considers what she would have done differently in her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Sandra Johnson narrates her photographs