Laurie Johnson

Director, Evaluation Services

I grew up on a farm in Kansas and spent most of my youth playing various sports. I received a scholarship to throw javelin at Kansas State University and my high school career ambition was to own a gym. During college, my interests shifted and I was most captivated by my psychology courses. I changed my major to elementary education and intended to become a school counselor. After graduation, I worked as a paraprofessional in a special needs classroom and taught third grade before seeking additional education. I went on to earn a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, both from Wichita State University in Kansas. Along the way I also gained experience teaching undergraduate psychology courses for WSU. Prior to joining NAF, I was employed by the largest school district in Kansas, Wichita Public Schools, where I spent 14 years conducting research, analyzing data, and engaging in evaluation and performance management at the district level. I’m honored to be a part of NAF’s mission to help young people attain successful futures.