Middle School Director of Programs–
Mr. Johnson comes to Mott Haven Academy Middle School for Social Leadership by way of Baltimore Maryland. Over the course of his career he has taught in a variety of classroom environments and within a variety of teaching dynamics.
Mr. Johnson entered the teaching profession as a 2011 Teach for America corps member. He attended Goucher College where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Media Studies and Sociology. In 2013 he received a Masters of Arts in Leadership in Special Education, with a specific focus in secondary English. During his first four years of teaching, he served as a self-contained special educator where he delivered specially designed instruction in social studies, ELA, world history, world literature and American literature.
Paired with his experience as an elementary and secondary level educator, Mr. Johnson has also served as an instructor at the post-secondary level both at Goucher College and Teachers College, Columbia University where he is currently a doctoral student in the field of English Education. His research explores topics such as critical pedagogy, culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogies, dialogical approaches to literacy instruction and trauma informed educational spaces.
Mr. Johnson’s educational philosophy is grounded in a belief that the field of education is an agency building enterprise. He believes that an educator’s greatest calling is helping to cultivate in students the critical skills and competencies necessary for engaging with the world and immediate community more fully.