Mrs. Josie Herrera received her Bachelor's of Science in Education from Kansas State University in 1989 and then attended the University of Missouri - Kansas City where she earned her Master's in Education Administration in 1999.
Josie taught art education for 14 years in elementary, high school, and community college levels before becoming a school administrator. After 27 years in the Kansas City Kansas School District, Mrs. Herrera joined the administration team in the Shawnee Mission School District, where in 2018, she became the school district's first Latina appointed principal at Nieman Elementary.
In 2019, she was named Administrator of the Year by the Latinx Education Collaboration. This page spring after 31 years is KPERS Josie had the opportunity to retire.
Josie's 30+ years of experience and service to Title I schools/communities has allowed her to impact the lives of many under-served populations of youth. She feels privileged and is honored to have worked with so many families and school teams. She lives by the philosophy that all children must have access to equitable education, and that education is the key to success.
Josie is an active member of the Johnson County Latina Leadership Network, a member of the Kansas City Metro Latinas Organizations, serves on the Parent Advisory Board at Kansas State University, and has served on the Hispanic Advisory Board for the Guadalupe Center Incorporated, and the School Board of Education for Alta Vista Charter High School.
In her spare time, Mrs. Herrera enjoys horseback riding and spending time with her family. She is excited to be a part of the Kansas City Public School team and the James Elementary community.