Title: English Language Educator
Company: Mount Marty College
Location: Watertown, South Dakota, United States
Janet Hovey Johnson, English Language Educator at Mount Marty College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in English composition and education.
Holding a passion for the English language from a young age, Ms. Johnson has served as a composition instructor at Mount Marty College in Watertown, South Dakota since 2007. Teaching language and composition, she previously taught English and was a reading specialist at Watertown High School between 2003 and 2007. She commenced her career in 1975 as an English instructor at Estelline High School, a position she held for 28 fruitful years. Alongside her educational endeavors, she also co-owned her family business, Reliabank, from 2000 to 2019.
A former professional semester cooperating teacher at South Dakota State University in Brookings from 1994 to 2007, Ms. Johnson has also lent her expertise to several civic organizations. Since 2018, she has been a board member of the Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting. Previously, she was a board member of the South Dakota Hall of Fame, president of the board of the Estelline City Library, and director of the Christmas program at the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer. In addition to these posts, she was a Sunday school superintendent at the Trinity Lutheran Church and committee member of Schools That Work.
Likewise, Ms. Johnson has also contributed her knowledge to numerous creative works. Interested in the local history of South Dakota, she authored “History of Grace Lutheran Church” and edited “History of Trinity Lutheran Church” and “History of Estelline United Church of Christ.” She has also maintained affiliation with the National Education Association and is a former member of the Watertown Education Association, South Dakota Education Association, Phi Kappa Phi, and Kappa Delta Pi.
Among the notable highlights of her career, Ms. Johnson sites teaching nontraditional students to be a crowning achievement. She often helped single mothers who desired to do better for their families, and she also aided businessmen who were starting up independent companies who wished to obtain a bachelor’s degree. The most rewarding aspect of her profession was working with likeminded individuals and touching the lives of others on a regular basis.
Looking toward the future, Ms. Johnson intends to continue writing, noting that writing is one of her passions. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Augustana College and a Master of Arts from South Dakota State University.
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