Title: Lead Special Education Teacher
Company: Donaldsonville High School
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Kelly Denise Johnson, EdS, Lead Special Education Teacher at Donaldsonville High School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in special education.
As a lead special education teacher at Donaldsonville High School with the Ascension Parish School Board in Louisiana since 2012, Ms. Johnson has found success in public and special education for more than a decade. While working at Donaldsonville High School, she conducted multiple leadership programs for the school. Prior to this position, Ms. Johnson was a staff instructor with three different juvenile facilities between 1999 and 2012. In this role, she trained officers, teachers, and probation officers on policies and procedures in Swanson, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans.
Ms. Johnson worked with the United States Air Force for more than a decade prior to her primary professional pursuits. Between 1987 and 1999, she was an Air Force elementary and middle school teacher of English and various subjects on Eglin Air Force Base, among other posts.
Prior to her professional endeavors, Ms. Johnson pursued a higher education at multiple institutions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in pre-medicine and elementary education from Louisiana State University, as well as a master’s degree in reading and education from the same institution. Beginning in 2016, Ms. Johnson started completing coursework toward a bachelor’s degree in special education and a master’s degree in autism with Grand Canyon University. She has further completed coursework toward a doctoral program in organizational leadership and special education. In recognition of her accomplishments, she received the Marquis Who’s Who Humanitarian Award.
Ms. Johnson attributes her career success to God, as she had faced many obstacles throughout her career but feels she ultimately overcame them because of God’s assistance. She considers her most notable achievement to be helping her students, letting them know that they can find success, and that they have worth. One of her students attended Louisiana State University and went on to be drafted by the Seattle Seahawks, before later playing for the Carolina Panthers, and another of her students earned a master’s degree. Ms. Johnson is proud that she has many former students who stay in touch with her, and in the coming years she hopes to open her own independent living facility where students with disabilities can live and work.
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