Company: San Bernardino Valley College
Location: San Bernardino, California, United States
Heather S. Johnson, Counselor at San Bernardino Valley College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in counseling.
Ms. Johnson had always known that she wanted to help people but was unsure in what capacity she would do so. With her sorority in her undergraduate years, she enjoyed helping young women through the recruitment process, which led her to pursue a career in counseling. Backed by a Bachelor of Science in psychology, she went on to receive a Master of Science in educational counseling from the University of Redmond, where she was honored as the Gordon C. Atkins Graduate Student of the Year. Since 2015, she has excelled in her role as a counselor at San Bernardino Valley College, where she is proud to work with students from all walks of life. As a counselor, Ms. Johnson specializes in work regarding diversity and inclusion and student development with a focus on the LGBTQ+ community. Also teaching two to three times a week, she helps build educational and career plans and offers guidance through social and emotional issues.
Ms. Johnson attributes the success of her career to the great mentors who hold decades of experience in education, including Ty Simpson. Devoted to steer her on the right path, they have also offered her unique opportunities such as getting articles published and field experience. She also credits the encouragement of her family, especially her mother’s and grandmother’s unwavering support. Presently, Ms. Johnson is a member of the California Teachers Association and is a 2020 delegate of California Democrats. In pursuit of a Doctor of Education, Ms. Johnson hopes to progress to administrative positions, such as a dean or director within student services at an institute of higher learning. In five years’ time, she aims to make an impact on a policy-level by writing more publications on student success, as well as working more with marginalized students.
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