michelle johnson

michelle johnson

English Instructor


Sierra College

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Scholarship to attend University of Nebraska at Omaha as an education major.
Money ran out, Didn't qualify for financial aid, parents said it's time to move out.
Got married.
Had a child.
Got a divorce.
Went back to school--waitressed, bartended, moved out on my own. Discovered a love of learning.
Graduated nine years later with a MA in Creative Writing--the first in my family!
Continued waitressing and bartending while teaching as an adjunct professor at five campuses; five years later my first full time interview for a tenure-track English professor opened. I got it! Woo!

Education

High School
William Jennings Bryan High School
Bachelor
English Language and Literature, General
California State University-Sacramento
Graduate
Creative Writing
California State University-Sacramento
Certification/License
Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations
Travel Careers Institute

Career

English Instructor

I turn students on to the thrill of reading, writing, and all magic in between.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Writing
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

Get up, head to class. I teach a total of five classes, we meet twice a week for an hour and twenty minutes. In addition to instruction, I hold office hours, where I have the opportunity to meet with students one on one. Because I get bored easily, I am constantly researching new ways to inspire and reach my students. There is a lot of out of class time spent on grading, and that really is the most time consuming, sometimes the most frustrating (but equally rewarding) part of the job.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Having several "careers" before teaching, I have learned to think about those various life experiences as a means to communicate with my students. Helping them see the translation of education into the careers of their choosing is important. Learning to see life as metaphor is the gift that education offers; Various work experiences are still experiences, and I often compare the lessons on a job to the lessons in the classroom. The best lessons are often life lessons.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Be persistent. Be open to doing a lot of side jobs in the process. Ask for help. Get to know people within the department. Volunteer. Stay upbeat and positive because teaching is the BEST job!! Honest.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
English Language and Literature, General
graduate
Graduate
Creative Writing
certification
Certification/License
Tourism and Travel Services Marketing Operations

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

""How are you ever going to make a decent living with a degree in poetry?""

Challenges I Overcame

Financial