Written By: Chaunda Fabio
As an educator, I support Aleesia Johnson becoming the next leader of Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS). One of the things I appreciate about Aleesia Johnson is her great character. She is hands on, and she isn’t just there for a photo op. I see her with my co-educators in IPS establishing relationships and sincere rapport. She genuinely cares about the kids, all kids. This is more than a career move for her; it is her passion. I am not worried that this position is a line on her resume.
The first time I met her was at an IPS board meeting a few years back when I was teaching at Kindezi Academy. We started talking about the kids. She was so kind. I didn’t even know who she was at the time. When she talks to people, she leans in and she answers with compassion and thoughtfulness.
While some may not like her because of her background with our innovation schools, this makes her more qualified. Indianapolis is leading the way in this country for an education movement and she played a role in that. She also understands that a district as large as IPS, serving over thirty thousand students, needs multiple models to serve the needs of those students. I have a lot of teaching experience in Special Education; through this, I have learned that not all children learn the same and they shouldn’t have to.
With her experience as an administrator, an educator, and a mother, Aleesia Johnson knows the IPS system, how to find resources, how to make changes, and she has established relationships. Every city casts its own heartbeat and she knows our heartbeat. She knows our schools, our kids and our community and she genuinely cares.