“I stand on the shoulders of those who have come before me. It is an honor and a dream to be able to serve”.
At the end of last year, Stephanie Michelle Johnson, a native of Sumter, SC, was appointed to serve as Chairperson of the Women’s Issues Committee (WIC) of the National Education Association, the World’s largest Labor Union serving three million members across the nation. The NEA is composed of educators, students, activists, workers, parents, neighbors, friends who believe in opportunity for all students and in the power of public education to transform lives and create a more just and inclusive society.
This Special Committee on Women’s Issues was formally established in September 1978. In May of 1979, the NEA Executive Committee extended the committee’s duration for another two years, expanding the committee’s charges to include monitoring women’s leadership programs within the Association. WIC has continued to be an important forum for addressing issues that are unique to female members.
As a nationally-recognized education leader, Johnson believes that public policy is an essential change lever.
She actively connects educators, families, and communities across the country to improve student outcomes. She credits the strength and guidance of her mother and grandmothers who emphasized community service from a very young age.
Johnson quotes, “My mother always taught me that need does not leave anyone’s door”.
Stephanie M Johnson is an Administration, Elementary, and National Board Certified Teacher. In 2017, The NEA Foundation selected her as a Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence recipient, recognizing her teaching excellence. Additionally, she mentors her peers, sharing the bountiful blessings received through participating in national training programs. Johnson obtained a Masters in Executive Leadership from Gardner-Webb University, a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from the University of South Carolina.