Prior to joining the UAB family, Johnson spent three years as a Student Academic Support Coordinator at Arkansas State University, located in Jonesboro, Ark. While there, Johnson was devoted to the overall academic success of student athletes. Johnson assisted in performing duties related to compliance with NCAA, Sun Belt Conference and institutional standards for athletic eligibility. In addition to implementing and supervising tutorial/mentoring programs, she assisted in the student life skills career and community development programs. Johnson also developed techniques adaptable to assist student-athletes with learning disabilities. She worked directly with football, men's and women's basketball, women's tennis, baseball, and men's and women's track and field.
Before entering college athletics, Johnson was employed by the Earle School District in Earle, Ark., as a Business Education instructor. During her four years, Johnson coordinated the business program for the Earle High School Career Academy. In her third year at Earle High School, Johnson won the National Hospitality Association 2002-03 LMP Teacher of the Year Award for the State of Arkansas, an outstanding achievement in her field. In the summers, she taught English, reading and writing for the fifth through the ninth grades. She also taught classes in the after-school enrichment programs designed to help students succeed on state mandated benchmarks tests.
Johnson has a passion for education. She served as a volunteer for the Literacy Council of Northeast Arkansas, voluntarily tutored students and adults preparing for the GED, ACT and SAT, and serves as a youth counselor/tutor for underprivileged teens in her church. Johnson is also involved in various organizations, including the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A), and is the athletics representative on UAB's Campus Academic Advisory Committee.
Johnson earned her bachelor's degree from Arkansas State in business administration and also earned her master's degree from Arkansas State in education.