New Staff Academic Coach Has Hand In Student Development
May 10, 2010
Christine Johnson has settled into her new position as staff academic coach in the department of biology with ease. She is a retired high school teacher, who taught biology, chemistry, life and physical sciences for thirty years. This current year is the first time that her position has been opened and is geared toward helping students, specifically freshman, be successful in biology and chemistry.
Johnson is excited about her role in helping students make the classroom transition from high school to college. "Biology can be a difficult course," she said. "Our job is to help students understand science on the college level." She and the science faculty want to make sure students who are initially interested in being biology and chemistry majors continue to work toward that goal.
Johnson's experience in the high school setting has provided a great foundation for her new role. "I've taught high school seniors, so it's not much different," she said. "It's almost like starting all over again." In addition to her responsibilities as academic coach, Johnson will be working with Students for Environmental Awareness (SEA) and fulfilling some duties at the John T. Huston - Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center.
Johnson earned her bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University and her master's degree from Ashland University.
Johnson lives in Massillon. She, and her husband, David, have two daughters.