Honoring Black History Month - Ida Mae Johnson

I want to take this opportunity during Black History Month to remember some of our local leaders who are no longer with us but have left us a legacy of leadership, faith, tolerance and courage.

Ida Mae Johnson

Ida Mae Johnson was dedicated to making the education system more effective for all students in her 34 year tenure with Merced County Office of Education. She worked on  career development as Director for Project Tide; spent nine years as a mentor teacher; and 12 years on loan to the California Department of Education as Senior Associate Trainer of the California School Leadership Academy for Gender Equality. She also served two terms on the Merced Union High School Board.

Ida was very active in Women in Politics, League of Women Voters, NAACP and CASA. She is remembered for her understanding, wisdom, strength and patience. She had an open heart and was always ready to extend the hand of friendship. She was an inspiration to many young people and I am proud to have known her.