Pursuing the One Thing She Really Loves
Johnneca Johnson tries to be the best she can be inside and outside the classroom, not surprising in light of how diligent she’s been preparing herself for life after college. The senior majoring in Early Childhood Education grew up in Cincinnati, a graduate of Clark Montessori High School. In addition to her classwork and student teaching at Fairview-Clifton German Language School, Johnson has taken advantage of a gamut of outside-the-classroom opportunities available to students. She is editor in chief of ADVANCE, a newsletter that helps students of color prepare for things like interviews and experiences in corporate America, as well as providing information on pertinent programs and internships. As treasurer and Week of Excellence Chair for The Lambda Society, Johnson helps the women’s honorary empower women of color at UC through community service and programming while drawing attention to their accomplishments and contributions. In addition, she’s a member of Kappa Delta Pi, which fosters excellence in education and promotes fellowship among those dedicated to teaching.
Her seminal educational experience took place during her first of three summer internships through Breakthrough Collaborative, which helps put high-potential, low-income middle-school students on the path to college, and encourages high school and college students to pursue careers in education.
“My internship with Breakthrough Collaborative made me realize teaching is the only thing I really love,” she said. Her most recent Breakthrough Collaborative internship took her to Brooklyn, New York, which she calls one of the best opportunities she’s ever had.
“I got to work with great, amazing students from a different population who have different challenges than students in Cincinnati. It was so great helping them progress.” As such, Johnson is an enthusiastic supporter of UC’s internship program. “I think the whole internship experience UC provides is unique because we do it all here, and UC really prepares students to be teachers in the classroom and grow in our field. I love that about UC.”
After graduating in the spring, Johnson will begin teaching with the Southwest Ohio Teach for America Corps while pursuing her master’s in education. Her long-term goal? “To teach as many children as I can all over the nation.”