Kathleen Johnson



Seattle Public Schools,

Seattle, WA

Kathleen (Katie) Johnson is the Student Health Services Manager for Seattle Public Schools (SPS) supervising a team of 90 nurses as direct reports, which serves over 53,000 students in 95 schools in a culturally and ethnically diverse community.  Previously, Dr. Johnson was the Interim Health Services Supervisor (School Nurse Consultant) for the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (department of education).  She was a school nurse for 9 years in the Edmonds School District, and has worked as a visiting nurse and in a Burn ICU. She earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Advanced Practice Community Health Systems Nursing from the University of Washington Seattle where her research focused on school health data in Washington State and nationally.  Previously she earned a Master of Nursing at the University of Washington Bothell, and earned her BSN at the University of Rochester, NY. She is national board certified in school nursing and nursing informatics. Katie was selected as a Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Fellow in 2013 and was the National Board Certified School Nurse of the Year in 2013. She was honored by the Washington State March of Dimes as Distinguished Nurse of the Year in 2010, and was awarded the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) Research Award in 2012 for her research on school health data collection in Washington State and nationally “School Health Data Collection: The Wisdom of School Nurse Administrators.” Katie has published extensively on school nursing and informatics and presents regularly at the NASN Conference. She is the current Secretary of the National Board for the Certification of School Nurses and is a founding member of the Steering Committee for the National Association of School Nurses Step Up Be Counted - an initiative to collect nationally standardized data on school health services.  Katie’s passion is facilitating efficient and effective school health services to support the health and well-being of our children.