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In the Spotlight


Cherie Johnson, GCED Executive Director

In the spotlight is one of our own. The Minnesota Administrators for Special Education (MASE) has named Cherie Johnson, Executive Director of the Goodhue County Education District, the 2021 Special Education Administrator of the Year. Johnson has received this award for her dedication to students with disabilities and their families, and her active involvement in professional and community affairs. Cherie has advocated for and worked tirelessly for our students and staff members in all of our member districts since 2007 as GCED's Executive Director. “Cherie is a talented leader who is committed to finding ways to help families, students, and colleagues across the state to succeed,” said Simone Bolin, Executive Director of the Mid State Education District in her letter of support. “She is an advocate both locally and nationally for MASE and the students that our members serve. It is without reservation that I support Cherie for the MASE Special Education Administrator of the Year Award." In Cherie's acceptance of this award at a statewide recognition ceremony, Cherie credited her father with teaching her about negotiations and hard work. She credited her mother for mischievenous. For those of us fortunate enough to work under her leadership, we're grateful for all of these attributes. Read MASE's full press release here.

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