Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Worcester State University
Location: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Dr. Nancy Johnson, professor emeritus of Worcester State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education.
An award-winning educator, Dr. Johnson has dedicated nearly 40 years to educating students through curriculum. Now retired, she concluded her career with Worcester State University, where she held a myriad of roles during her tenure. She began with the college in 1968, when she took the role of assistant professor of education. As she established her credibility and reputation for excellence, she advanced to hold positions including associate professor, professor, department chair, coordinator of student teaching, and member of the advisory board. Other roles held in Dr. Johnson’s career include reading supervisor and librarian for Groton-Dunstable Regional School District, adult educator coordinator for the Friends of Worcester Public Library, secretary for Greendale Peoples Church, and member of the state literature council board of directors for the Brittan Square Neighborhood Council.
A leader in her community, Dr. Johnson has been a prominent figure in civic and career-related projects for more than 40 years. She has been the education chair for Arts in Community since 2012 and director of the south central district of the Worchester Woman’s Club since 2006. Previously, she was a guest lecturer for the Paul Revere Club of Toastmasters International, president of the Tau chapter of DKGSI, president of the Massachusetts Teacher Association, president of the Alpha Gamma Chapter of Pi Lambda Theta, advisor for the central chapter of Phi Delta Kappa International, co-counselor of the International Honor Society in education, scholarship chair for Boston University, and corresponding secretary of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.
A natural educator, Dr. Johnson has taught since she was 18 years old. She started with Sunday school, and then became director of education at her church. With an interest in how the brain develops, she knew that education was a natural fit for her talents. To prepare for her career, she attended Clark University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1955 and a Master of Arts in education in 1957. After obtaining hands-on experience in the field, she returned to her studies, completing a Doctor of Education from Boston University in 1977.
In recognition of her excellence, Dr. Johnson was the recipient of a distinguished service award from the alumni association at Clark University. She earned a Key to the City for the City of Worcester and a public street was named Nancy Johnson Way in her honor. Dr. Johnson was also honored as Educator of the Year by Phi Delta Kappa International. Looking to the future, Dr. Johnson intends to enjoy her retirement while taking on passion projects that pique her interest.
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