Veteran local educator joins Centenary department of education

SHREVEPORT, LA — Terrie S. Johnson, Ed.D., has joined Centenary’s department of education as visiting assistant professor of education. Johnson comes to Centenary with extensive experience as an educator and administrator, most recently as supervisor of secondary curriculum and administrator of Title II and Title IV for Bossier Parish Schools.

“We are so excited to have Terrie joining us this year, and are so glad for the new energy and perspective she brings,” says Dr. Amy Hammond, chair of the department of education. “She will be teaching a variety of undergraduate education methods courses and supervising our teacher candidates in their year-long residency teaching experiences.”

Johnson earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from James Madison University and taught chemistry, math, and other science courses at high schools in Maine, Virginia, and Bossier City for more than a decade before moving into administration. She also taught freshman chemistry lab courses at Centenary from 2004 to 2006. Johnson taught business courses at the International Business College of Guam and also served as dean of academic affairs at the school from 1986 to 1989.

In 2004, Johnson became the K-12 science curriculum coordinator for Bossier Parish Schools, later serving as assistant principal at Parkway High School and principal at Elm Grove Middle School before being named supervisor of secondary education in 2013.

Johnson earned a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Portland and completed her Ed.D. in educational leadership at Louisiana Tech University, where she explored the fiscal impacts of school choice competition on district finances. She hopes to continue to expand this research in the future.

“I have spent the bulk of my career in K-12 education and I am excited now to be working to prepare the next generation of teachers,” says Johnson. “Centenary offers me the opportunity to know pre-service and MAT teacher candidates and share my knowledge and experience to help them become successful classroom teachers.”

Johnson will teach courses in content area reading, research and methods in elementary reading, the residency seminar, elementary math and science, and curriculum innovations to both undergraduate and graduate students in Centenary’s department of education.


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