Stephanie Alexander-Johnson

Stephanie M. Alexander-Johnson


Meet Stephanie M. Alexander-Johnson, affectionately called AJ, a National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) National Board member.

Stephanie is a native of Sandusky, OH, and is a longtime member of NABSE and her local affiliate chapter, Lorain County Alliance of Black School Educators (LCABSE.) She most recently served as the NABSE Parent Commission Chair, where she put her passion for cultivating opportunities for families to become advocates for their children to good use. Stephanie is passionate about this work as she believes strong families are the foundations of strong schools.

Stephanie is a doctoral candidate at Concordia University studying Experienced Educational Leadership, concentrating on culturally responsive curriculum and leadership. She holds a Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling in Mental Health, earned in 1999, and a Master of Education in Educational Administration and Supervision, obtained in 2002. Stephanie attended Bowling Green State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Community Services in 1997.

Stephanie’s long and storied career combines her passion for family advocacy work with a desire to create systems that remove barriers to education for all children. In May 1997, Stephanie worked for six and half years as an investigative social worker for Huron County Children Services (Huron, OH.) In June 2004, at 29, she became the first and youngest African American female to become the Executive Director of a Coordinating Center of Excellence (C-CAT) for the Ohio Department of Mental Health.

In September 2005, Stephanie started her journey as an educator for Columbus Public Schools, then Elyria City Schools, and now Lorain City Schools, where she is the Director of Wraparound Services.

During her tenure with Lorain City Schools, Stephanie held several leadership positions, including New Beginnings Academy and Hawthorne Elementary School principalships. In May 2016, Hawthorne Elementary received the coveted Ohio Department of Education Momentum Award, which recognizes schools with high achievement on Ohio’s School Report Cards.

Stephanie is the current President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated Lorain County Alumnae Chapter and Order of Eastern Star Amaranth Grand Chapter Grand Deputy #2, a charter member of the Sandusky section of National Council of Negro Women, and a member of
Lorain County Black Business and Professionals Women’s Club.

Stephanie is a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where she is a Deaconess and choir director of the EBC Male choir. Stephanie is affiliated with many local, state, and national educational professional and service organizations. She has held national, state, and regional positions for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (N.A.A.C.P.)

As a member of the NABSE National Board, Stephanie is dedicated to ensuring that all students, especially children of African descent, have access to a high-quality, comprehensive education that is child-focused and designed to strengthen each child’s God-given talents and skills while also ensuring that families are equipped to be advocates and partners in their children’s educational journey.