Teacher Profile: Mara Johnson


Keishace Jackson, Buzz News Reporter

Ms. Johnson, a new science teacher, has joined Chelsea High School this year, and has taken place not only in the new wing, but also on the top floor. Below is an interview that covers her background, interests, and challenges.

Q: How long have you been teaching? Have you taught at any schools besides CHHS?

A: “This is my 19th year teaching. One year at Bessemer Alternative School, five years at Fairfield High Preparatory School and twelve years at Midfield High.”

Q: Where did you go to college?

A: “University of Montevallo and Alabama State University.”

Q: What subject(s) do you teach?

A: “Chemistry and Human Anatomy & Physiology.”

Q: What made you want to become a teacher?

A: “I think that my best contribution to society is sharing my passion for the sciences as a classroom teacher. I wanted to give back to society something that I believe to be positive about myself.”

Q: What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?

A: “Everything! If you choose a job you love, you will never work a day in your life on that job.”

Q: What is your least favorite thing about being a teacher?

A: “Paperwork.”

Q: What is the hardest thing about teaching teenagers?

A: “Dealing with the mood changes teens experience and being in competition with their cell phones for attention.”

Q: What is your favorite quote?

A: “It does not matter what people call you, but what you choose to answer to makes the difference.”

Chelsea High School welcomes Ms. Johnson, and hopes the best for her years to come.