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Rebecca Johnson, 2006 recipient of a Milken National Educator Award, has been an educator in the Las Vegas, NV, Clark County School District for twenty-two years.
She earned her B.A. in Physical Education from Moorhead State University in 1990 and her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada in 1996.
After teaching at the elementary and high school level over the course of eight years, she became an elementary school assistant principal in 1998 and was promoted to principal of Kirk L. Adams Elementary School in February of 2002.
After a rigorous selection process, the Clark County School District piloted the “Empowerment” concept with four elementary schools during the 2006-2007 school year. In 2006, Kirk L. Adams became an Empowerment School with Rebecca at its helm.
During her ten years as principal, the school has piloted several district-level innovations, including the Inclusive Schools Project, Response to Interventions, Instructional Data Management Service Lighthouse Project, and Standards-Based Grading.