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About: Dr. Naomi Johnson-Booker


As the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Global Leadership Academy Charter School, Dr. Naomi Johnson-Booker is leading one of the most academically successful charter schools in the School District of Philadelphia.


Dr. Johnson-Booker has worked for more than 40 years in public education and has dedicated her entire professional and personal life to the children of Philadelphia. After retiring from the School District of Philadelphia in 2004 following a successful career as a teacher, principal and area superintendent, she was called back into the service of the children to turn around a failing charter school. In 2007, Global Leadership Academy Charter School was born.


Dr. Johnson-Booker has an extensive record of public and community service and a proven-track record for turning around failing schools. Her educational and professional qualifications as well as her list of honors and awards are extensive.


Her dedication was never more evident than when she faced a life-threatening medical crisis in 2009 and a devastating fire that destroyed the school in 2011.


Dr. Johnson-Booker has never wavered in her commitment to Global Leadership Academy’s and support of it students, families and employees. She also has become an advocate of public charter schools in Pennsylvania.



  • Appointed in 2012 to serve on the Great Schools Compact to foster a citywide commitment to grow and replicate high-performing charter and district schools.
  • Philadelphia Charters of Excellence former board president.
  • Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools Board of Directors, former member.
  • Speaker and presenter on charter schools at various events, including at Harvard University, Pennsylvania State University and the Urban Education Conference.



  • Spelman College, Atlanta, Ga., bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology (1967).
  • Temple University, master’s degree in education with a principal certificate.
  • Nova Southeastern University, doctorate of education.
  • Harvard University, Urban Education Certificate (2009).



  • 1967-1999: Francis D. Pastorius Elementary School, classroom teacher, mathematics resource teacher and principal.
  • 1991-2000: Clymer Elementary School principal.
  • 2000-2003: School District of Philadelphia area superintendent for two high schools, two middle schools and 11 elementary schools.
  • 2003-2004: Renaissance Advantage Charter School, interim chief administrator.



  • 2001-2006: Regional vice president for a charter school management company.
  • 2007-present: Global Leadership Academy Chief Executive Officer.



  • Woman in Education of the Year award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and the Zeta Phi Beta sorority (1991).
  • School Administrator of the Year award from Pennsylvania State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas of the 181st Legislative District in Philadelphia.
  • Rose Lindenbaum Elementary School Principal of the Year Award (1999).
  • Ruth Hayre Exemplary Educator Award (2001).
  • Entered into the Heritage Registry Who’s Who as chief executive officer of Global Leadership Academy (2011).
  • Marjorie Holloman Parker Leadership Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority (2013).
  • Philadelphia Business Journal Women of Distinction Award (2014).
  • Honored by the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence (2014).
  • The Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Association for Nonviolence, Inc. Salute to Greatness Education Award - 2015



  • Luke’s Episcopal Church, 5421 Germantown Ave., active member, Vestry Board member and former chair of Women’s Day.
  • Pennsylvania Partnership for Children board member.
  • Jack & Jill of America Inc. Montgomery County Chapter President (2000-2004).
  • American Woman’s Heritage Society, vice president and former president, operating the Underground Railroad Museum at the restored Belmont Mansion in Fairmount Park.
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha - Rho Theta Omega Chapter member since 1995.
  • March of Dimes fundraising activities.
  • National Association of University Women member.
  • The National Alumnae Association of Spelman College.
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Montgomery County Chapter member
  • National Coalition of 100 Black Women member
  • Vice President of Keystone Alliance for Public Charter Schools