Governor’s Cabinet Education and Early Development Dr. Michael Johnson Commissioner https://education.alaska.gov/ Dr. Michael Johnson was appointed Commissioner on June 17, 2016, and began his service on July 1, 2016. Commissioner Johnson served in the Copper River School District as superintendent, school principal, district curriculum and staff development director, elementary teacher, and special education program assistant. During his tenure as its principal, Glennallen Elementary School was named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Johnson also is a recipient of the prestigious Milken Educator Award. Commissioner Johnson holds a bachelor of arts degree and a master of arts in teaching degree in elementary education from Columbia International University, and a doctorate of philosophy in education and intercultural studies from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Boards and Commmissions Appointments Workforce Investment Board, Alaska Back to the Governor's Cabinet page.