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Posted November 7, 2013

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New IT Director Here to Serve

Jason Johnson, the executive director for Information Technology, oversees everything from cabling and networking to phone systems and integrated technology.

Jason Johnson has been on the job as the executive director of Information Technology for just a few weeks now, but he already feels at home

Johnson made the move from Rio Rancho Public Schools to join his former and now current boss, Chief Technology Officer Paul Romero. The two are leading the APS IT Department with a goal of bringing the district's technology into the 21st century.

"We're opening the lines of communications," Johnson said. "We're all in this together. It's not us against you. It's how can we serve you." He said his department is working on building relationships and devising strategies to meet the district's mission of helping all students succeed.

Johnson was the director of integrated technology services for Rio Rancho, where he provided technical support services to all students, teachers, administration and parents. As he did in Rio Rancho, he'll be supporting technical resources at APS from phones, intercoms, computers, servers, and all things in-between.

Johnson and Romero are taking a team approach to running the IT Department. “I learned very early on that if you want to get things accomplished give your team the resources and ability to get them done and then trust that they will do their job," Johnson said. "Of course we must all be held accountable, but I believe that trusting your team will enable you to develop positive relationships that are instrumental in doing great things, regardless of the task at hand."

Johnson, who is married with two teenage children, believes in leading by example both personally and professionally. "I strive for a positive environment that encourages individuals to take ownership in their areas of work as well as the overall institution, thereby creating a cohesive unit that functions at a very high level," he said. "It is my experience that people will work much harder for what they love, than what they fear. I like the old saying that it takes a village to raise a child, and I want to do be someone in the village that can be relied upon.”

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