Why I'm Running

I am an educator, wife and mother. I have lived in Milwaukee County for over 10 years and I care deeply about the people who live and work here. I am the product of public schools and I work at a public university.  My husband and I moved to Oak Creek to create a multi-generational home, and grow our family. It was essential that our son have access to strong community schools and OCFSD has so much to offer. I am excited to be a part of this community, and I want to use my love of both children and education to support the students of Oak Creek. As a parent of a young child, I am committed to the continued success of the district for many years to come.

 

There is room for a new voice on the board and I want to be that voice. I hope to earn your vote on Tuesday, Feb 20th and then again on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Until then, I will be knocking on doors, listening to community members and working to represent you in 2018 and beyond.

Leah Schreiber Johnson has taught at Lillstreet Art Center and at the Marwen Foundation in Chicago, at the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield, Wisconsin, at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin and at the Hubei University of Technology in Wuhan, China. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art from Illinois State University, and her Master of Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she currently teaches and acts as the Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of Art and Design at the Peck School of the Arts.

In 2014-15, she was appointed as the Coordinator for UWM’s first application for accreditation with the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, a project that required developing systems for communication across 100+ stakeholders, analyzing policies and procedures, and organizing a comprehensive 300+ page self-study.

She has also received a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Commerce to launch a small arts education business in Southeastern Wisconsin, which she co-directs with Tiffany Knopow of Burlington, WI.

My husband Peter and I had a small home in Milwaukee, had just had a baby, and my mom who had recently retired from her career as a nurse was interested in moving in with us to be close to baby Henry. So, we chose a home in Oak Creek in a quiet neighborhood with room to grow, a big yard and plenty of friends for Henry. We moved in the summer of 2016 and are very happy with our decision. We have great neighbors, great schools and Henry loves the Oak Creek Library Reading Railroad.  He will start 4K in the fall of 2019, and we are thrilled he will attend OCFSD.