Johnson always knew he wanted to be an educator. His mother owns her own daycare, and his aunt and uncle are both teachers. Growing up around teachers showed Johnson the importance of having a great education and the importance of sharing that education with others.
"I became accustomed to it, and I like it," Johnson said as he reminisced about the impact his family made on his aspirations. "I like kids. I mentor kids. We go out to the local teen center. I mentor down there. I'm over a high school fraternity in Trenton. I think it's what I'm here to do. It's what I'm called for."
Johnson helped start a fraternity at Trenton High School that allows young minds the opportunity to participate in activities after school. He modeled the high school fraternity after his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha.
"It gives them a chance to be a part of something that is positive, something that will motivate them and keep them out of trouble," Johnson said of the high school fraternity, Alpha Xi Alpha.
His dedication to education does not stop there. Johnson has repeatedly had the opportunity to work in downtown Martin with the Crossroads Teen Center, a Martin Housing Authority program.
"With education, one of our classes required us to go to the teen center. I had already been there for community service and to mentor the kids with Alpha Phi Alpha. Dr. Watts required us to go a couple hours once a week to the teen center," Johnson said. "It was a service-learning project, which was really fun – interacting with kids, mentoring, playing with them." Of the program, Johnson said, "It's an afterschool program where they come and do homework. After that, they have a recreational time where they play video games, basketball, football; we teach them how to step."
Johnson hopes to teach high school history, but ultimately, Johnson wants to be an educational administrator. After he gets some teaching experience under his belt, Johnson hopes to return to school to pursue his master's in educational leadership.
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