Superintendent’s Office

Cintia Z. JohnsonCintia-1

Interim Superintendent

Arlington Public Schools


Cintia Johnson has been a bilingual educator for more than 35 years and has served APS in a variety of instructional, management and leadership roles since 1986, including most recently as assistant superintendent for administrative services. In this role, Ms. Johnson worked collaboratively with school principals and staff across APS to enhance operations, strengthen schools and promote student success and achievement. She has also served as the superintendent’s designee throughout the past seven years. Ms. Johnson began her career in APS in 1986 as a fourth grade teacher at Patrick Henry Elementary and then taught sixth grade at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. She was a teacher for nearly 20 years before starting her administrative career as assistant principal of Randolph Elementary. In 2002, Ms. Johnson, who is fluent in Spanish, helped open and establish Arlington’s second dual-language immersion elementary school, Claremont Immersion, where she was principal for 10 years until 2012. She also served as principal of Patrick Henry Elementary for eight years. Ms. Johnson earned numerous awards throughout her tenure, including Principal of the Year while at Patrick Henry Elementary in 1999 and Teacher of the Year while at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in 1992. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education and Spanish from Rutgers University and has a master’s degree in linguistics. She later earned her educational leadership licensure from George Mason University.