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Liberal Arts Graduates

Stephanie Johnson

What I do now:

Academic Assistant Principal at Loyola College Prep

My work/job consists of:

Overseeing curriculum, testing, accreditation, and all matters related to instruction

Path to my current career position (how I got from the past to the present):

I taught 9th grade English in the public school system for 11 years before coming to Loyola.

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS):

When I was looking at colleges, LSUS offered me a full scholarship, which allowed me to get a high quality education and save money.

Fond memories of LSUS:

I served as Vice President of SGA and served on Student Activities Board, where I enjoyed planning concerts and fun events like Fall Fest and Spring Fling. I also enjoyed being a SOAR leader and being an ambassador for the Admissions Office.

How I met my spouse at LSUS:

I was a student worker in Student Activities, and "Del the computer guy" would come by to fix our computers!

LSUS faculty who helped me:

Dr. Dave Gustavson was my undergrad mentor, and I bonded with Dr. Ruth Ray during my Masters program. Dr. Helen Taylor's Canterbury Tales class was my favorite English class by far!

How LSUS helped me succeed:

While my coursework gave me the content knowledge and the pedagogy to be a successful teacher and administrator, I firmly believe that my involvement in student organizations gave me the confidence and skills I needed to be a leader.

Advice to college-bound students:

Study a little bit every day even if you don't have tests coming up - and don't skip class! Plus, it's so important to put yourself out there and get involved and join student organizations. That makes all the difference.

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field:

When you complete your observations and student teach, go to a variety of schools. Don't assume that your first teaching job will be anything like the experience you had in school.

Tips on choosing a major or career:

Find something you would want to do even if you had to do it for free. It's not work if you love to do it; and don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. God often has far better plans for us if we just listen to Him!

My toughest professional challenge:

Administrators are put in challenging situations all the time. When things get tough, I try to remember to "Pray as if everything depended on God, but work as if everything depended on you."

My toughest personal challenge:

Raising teenage daughters to be good people and love the Lord. It's much tougher to be a teenager today than it was when I was growing up!

Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life:

-National Board Certification
-American Legion Educator of the Year
-Catholic School Administrator

I've learned this from life:

Life is about balance. It's important to be ambitious and achieve all you can professionally to provide for your family, but at the end of the day what matters most are the memories you create with them.

What I'd be doing if I had all the time in the world:

Traveling to all 50 states with my family and seeing all the Broadway musicals I could!