Cheryl Johnson Johnson

Profile Updated: August 15, 2014
Residing In Columbia, SC USA
Occupation Retired Educator
Yes! Attending Reunion

I have spent a lucrative, 42-year career, as a junior high and middle school art teacher, beginning in Baltimore City Public Schools at Booker T. Washington Junior High School, Baltimore, Md. There, I taught from 1968-1973, also volunteering as an arts and crafts counselor at inner- city camps and working at neighboring Clifton Park Community School in the evenings. George Horn, then Editor of School Arts Magazine and Virginia Timmons, author of 'Painting in the School Program" provided many valuable workshops for new teachers that aided in my success. Having attained a status of 'exemplary' on my teacher evaluation, I was offered a position at newly constructed Northern Parkway Junior HS. but reluctantly declined it.

Returning home in 1973, I was interviewed for an art vacancy in Richland School District One at Alcorn Middle School and was hired. I have served the Alcorn community for 37 dedicated, productive years. During the first 10 years, I along with my colleague, Mary Lovett, endeavored to build a strong art program, encouraging students to participate in local, state and national
competitions. Often, we were the recipients of many awards, ribbons and certificates in the State Fair competitions; the National Scholastic Art Awards; the State newspaper Design an Ad Contest; the Governor's Beautification Poster Contest; Fair Housing Poster Contest; Logo Design Contest ; National Book Week Bookmark Design Contest and many others. Twice, in 1986 and again in 1998, I was selected 'Teacher of the Year' by my colleagues, an honor I deeply cherished. Spending summers in pursuit of continuous education and improvement and keeping abreast of cutting edge technologies I received my MEd degree from Cambridge College in 1978 and did further study at USC, Columbia College, and The Citadel.

My devotion to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc is evidenced by my election as Basileus( (President) of Gamma Nu Omega Chapter, which consist of over 200 members. As leader, a number of innovative programs were initiated and implemented- 'The Pink Ice Gala', Cabaret '83, a collaborative effort between Alpha Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta Sororitites and others. AKA's Pink Ice Gala has become the major fundraising arm of Gamma Nu Omega Chapter, allowing us to award over a half million dollars in scholarships over the years.

Service to my church, St. John Baptist Church, has included serving as hostess, welcoming visitors; organizer and leader of the Ethel C. Wlison Missionary Circle and art teacher in the Pre-School Summer Enrichment

My civic obligations are evidenced by membership in the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Columbia SC Chapter and Les Chapeaux Rouges Cluster One having formerly served as secretary of the Mid-South Carolina Chapter of the National Hampton Alumni Association, Inc; Educational organizations NEA, SCEA and RCEA_Retired. I served as former president of Nefertiti, Inc. a local cultural arts agency- that has sponsored productions of 'The Amen Corner' by the East River Players of New York, NY; Joseph Walker's 'The Lion is a Soul Brother' and 'Your Arms Too Short to Box with God' culminating with a 'sold-out' performance of 'The Wiz' at the Township!

School Story

I have many fond memories of my years at 'Oh Johnson High, Whose standards are high, Beyond the blazing sun, We pledge to thee, Our loyalty, and Unite Ourselves as One!'- Playing clarinet on the Marching Band and bassoon on the Concert Band; Singing soprano with the Johnsonaires, and being inducted into the FTA (Future Teachers of America) Already, I was charting my course for a full and rewarding career in education. I began honing my art skills as I served as artist for the Hornet Staff and took a variety of art courses under David Clark, the high school instructor who encouraged me to consider majoring in art in college.

I matriculated at Hampton Institute (University) pursuing an art education focus, although I too loved commercial art. Graduating in the top tenth of my class, I received the Bachelor of Science Degree as a member of the Centennial Class of '68. The momentum of this historic occasion was amplified when I was elected by the senior class as 'Senior Attendant to Miss Hampton' an honor I will long cherish as President Holland reminded us of our distinction
and uniqueness by saying "We've waited 100 years for you!"

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