The spirit of a teacher lives on through the eyes and wisdom of a student.
Even contrarians who remark “those who cannot do, teach” have to admit they learned how to form words and sentences from someone who cared enough to teach them – You’re welcome, contrarians.
Fact is, for extended stretches of time, and usually at the most important time in a student’s life – a teacher is a guide – whose instruction enables the student to better navigate the obstacles of life.
A product of the Elmont school district, this young leader learned from the best educators in the area and pays it forward by following in their footsteps. Johanna, 24, is a high school teacher and hopes to educate a new generation towards a bright future.
We hope you enjoy our interview:
First Name: Johanna
How long you’ve lived in Elmont: 24 years
Elmont Road Pre-Kindergarten School
Gotham Avenue Elementary School
Elmont Memorial High School
CUNY Queens College – Undergraduate and Graduate
What are your career goals?
I hope my students learn that they must always consider their future, and that they must work hard to achieve their goals.
What are your personal goals?
I am working to build a strong foundation for a safe and secure future.
How would you describe your work ethic? Where does it come from?
I have a great work ethic, which developed by observing my parents growing up.
What do you believe sets Elmont apart from any other community?
I think Elmont is a community of diverse successful individuals.
What do you wish there was more of in Elmont?
I wish there was more events for the community, such as street fairs, festivals, etc.
If you could in one sentence, how would you describe Elmont?
A neighborhood of hardworking families.
The best advice you’ve ever gotten:
If you work hard now, you won’t have to work as hard in the future. (Advice remembered from a beloved teacher.)
Thanks to this young educator and a true example of Elmont’s finest for taking out time to interview. Keep your eyes peeled for Johanna as she educates & inspires a new generation of young leaders.