Russell Johnston began his job as Sr. Associate Commissioner in Massachusetts in 2018. Prior to becoming the Sr. Associate Commissioner in Massachusetts, Dr. Johnston served as a special education teacher, special education director and superintendent in Massachusetts. At the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, he oversees accountability, assistance, data, monitoring and special education..
Dr. Johnston believes the best part about leading special education in Massachusetts is the opportunity it presents to ensure an equitable, inclusive and accessible education for all.