Curriculum Director nominated for SAI 2024 Iowa Central Office Administrator of the Year award

May 08, 2024
Curriculum Directory Cory Johnson
Cory Johnson

Burlington Community School District Curriculum Director Cory Johnson has been named as a nominee for the School Administrators of Iowa’s 2024 Iowa Central Office Administrator of the Year award. 

“We are pleased to recognize district and organizational leaders who are committed to excellence in education,” said Lisa Remy, SAI executive director.

Johnson first joined BCSD in July 2018. 

Since then, he has made significant contributions to a number of district initiatives, including the realignment of schools in 2019; the implementation of VIBE Virtual Learning Program and the opening of Corse Early Childhood Center, both in 2021; the expansion of Career and Technical Education; and the renovation of Burlington High School. 

He’s worked closely with Grants and Outreach Supervisor Cassie Gerst to seize on grant opportunities to support a wide range of community outreach, student support and professional development programs, including the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant to provide after-school programming, the Club M Youth Mentoring Program, Teacher Apprenticeship, the DON’T QUIT Fitness Center and STEM Best. 

He also carries out numerous other duties as assigned. 

“Cory could lead any curriculum department in the state of Iowa with his knowledge base and work ethic,” Superintendent Robert Scott said. “We are so fortunate to have him as a leader in Burlington schools. He is an invaluable asset to our students, staff and administration.”

Johnson also serves on the Education Advisory Committee for Southeastern Community College and Buena University, the Greater Burlington Partnership Government Relations Committee, Workforce Advisory Council, the Greater Burlington Leadership Class Committee, and is affiliated with the National Associations of School Psychology and the Mississippi Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America. 

Prior to joining BCSD, Johnson was principal of Ottumwa High School, a comprehensive school improvement specialist and a school psychologist for the Great Prairie Area Education Agency, and has taught at the high school and college levels. 

He has been a member of the School Administrators of Iowa since 2017.
SAI, a statewide organization founded in 1987, represents more than 2,000 Iowa educational administrators. SAI’s mission is to enhance PreK-12 education through effective leadership by school administrators.