Member Spotlight: Josh Johnson
Josh is the Technology Support Supervisor for Irvine Unified School District and Co-Chair for the OC CITE Regional Group. As a leader supporting K-12 technology, he aims to ensure his team has the support and resources to provide exceptional service and foster innovation within their organization.
How long have you been in your current role and how did you get there?
"I decided to change careers in 2014 and was fortunate to join the technology department in a top-performing, innovative, and growing school district. I started as a site technician supporting 3-4 school sites, then moved into a newly created lead technician role in 2016. I pursued additional opportunities to grow as a leader and take on new challenges. I applied for and was selected for a supervisor position in February 2020, just a few weeks before we closed schools, sent everyone home, and shifted to distance learning."
How long have you been a CITE member? What is your favorite memory from a CITE event?
"Irvine USD has had an organizational membership for several years, so I’ve been a CITE member since I started with IUSD in 2014. My favorite memory (or two) from a CITE event was being presented on-stage as a graduate of the CTOM program last year (Cohort 16) and meeting Bill Nye at the 2019 conference."
What do you do in your limited free time?
"I enjoy cheering on my two girls playing soccer, working on projects around the house, and photography."
Are there any special shout outs you'd like to give to someone in your life or the CITE community who has made a special impact on you?
"I would like to thank the leadership team at Irvine USD, including Brianne Ford, for taking a chance on hiring someone she saw with leadership potential and Scott Bennett for his ongoing mentorship and encouragement. I would also like to recognize Matt Woods from LBUSD for helping me navigate the CTOM Program and Tam Nguyen from Orange USD for pushing me to get more involved with our regional group."
If someone is intimidated or reluctant to get involved with CITE, what advice would you give them?
"I would say go for it! We all started as shy new people who didn’t know what to expect or were intimidated by all the outstanding leaders in the community. You will get out what you put in. Just know we are all here to collaborate, motivate and push forward our industry."
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