Janice Johnson

Janice Johnson

General Education Educator


Dallas Independent School District

Balch Springs, TX USA


Don’t let sickness, health, or family deter you from what you are passionate about.

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Janice Johnson

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I was born and raised in Jamaica and moved to the U.S. in 2000.
After moving to the U.S., I started working with my husband doing administrative work before going into the nursing field as a patient care technician.
After my last daughter was born, I decided to finally pursue my true passion of teaching.
My sister told me about Western Governors University and I discovered that the school had degrees in education—I knew online learning would be the best option for me at that point in my life.
After graduating from WGU with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, I decided to go back and get an MBA in strategic planning...just in case teaching didn’t work out.
While I was in the habit of going to school, I decided to get a second master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, in order to strengthen my teaching skills.
I worked as a long-term substitute teacher through school and then started as a kindergarten teacher after receiving my degree.
I currently work as a second-grade teacher at Ebby Halliday Elementary School and am also pursuing my third master’s from WGU in educational leadership and administration.
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Career

General Education Educator

I teach social studies, reading, and writing to second grade students.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Business
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

My day starts around 7:30 AM. We have breakfast in the classroom and then settle into our routines. I go into my morning lessons with my higher performing students. I spend this time working to push them to achieve higher, letting the students take more control of their education while I facilitate the learning process. Then in the afternoons, my medium to lower performing students come in. I do more one-on-one work to help these students succeed and learn. The school day ends around 3PM.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Do a lot of research to find the thing that you're fully passionate about and don't let anything deter you from it. There is no struggle you can't overcome if you're working towards something you're truly passionate about. The key to succeeding is that passion because if you're not truly passionate about it, then you're eventually not going to want to do it.

Recommended Education

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

certification
Associate's Degree
Accounting
graduate
Graduate
Strategic Management

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"You should have gone back to school earlier."

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Anonymous Student