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JPS Appoints New Love Elementary School Principal

The Jamestown Board of Education appointed Cindy Johnson as the new principal of Love Elementary School beginning August 16th at last night’s meeting. Mrs. Johnson is currently the principal at the Raymond J. Fashano Technology Academy. Love Elementary School’s current principal, Connie Foster, will be retiring.

“Cindy brings an incredible commitment to kids and a steadfast resolve to increase student achievement, engagement and belonging in school,” said JPS Superintendent Dr. Kevin Whitaker. “Her experiences are strongly suited to her new role, and I can't wait to see the incredible things that she and the Love school team will be able to accomplish.”

Mrs. Johnson has proven instructional and school leadership. Prior to joining the Tech Academy as Principal in 2020, she was Acting K-12 Principal and the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Randolph Academy. Mrs. Johnson also worked as the Director of Special Education at Frewsburg Central School District, and was a special education teacher at Frewsburg and Bemus Point Central Schools.

"Love Elementary is a special school and I am honored and excited to serve as the next school principal,” said Mrs. Johnson. “As the Love Elementary School principal, my number one goal will be to continue as a school with high expectations driven by equity and excellence. I look forward to working with the students, families, faculty and staff in achieving success for all students."

Mrs. Johnson received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from SUNY Fredonia, her master’s degree in Special Education from St. Bonaventure University, her Principal Certification from Gannon University and has completed the Superintendent Development Program at SUNY Oswego. She has her NYS certifications in: School District Administration, K-12 Special Education and N-6 Elementary Education

Mrs. Johnson is a member of: the New York State Council of Administrators of Special Education (Board Member), the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Council of Exceptional Children, the Council of Administrators of Special Education and the New York State Association of Women in Administration. She is a volunteer for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign and serves as a youth mentor for New Directions Youth and Family Services.