Middle school educator expands reach to impact more children

Alicia Johnson said that through her work at J.B. Martin Middle School she can accomplish her favorite thing about her career – building relationships with students.

Johnson has been at J.B. Martin for five years and with St. Charles Parish Schools for a total of 16 years. She currently works as an in-school detention monitor.

“I just hope that they remember the different conferences and conversations we’ve had and how to be successful inside the classroom,” Johnson said of the students she works with.

Johnson – who has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development, Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership and is in the National Society of Leadership and Success – also serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and student advocate. She is a co-founder of Saving Children at Risk Services, or S.C.A.R.S.

“Our core business at S.C.A.R.S is to help support, guide and nurture youths to become successful young people,” Johnson said of the nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. “S.C.A.R.S is determined to make positive social changes in the young people of St. Charles Parish.”

Through S.C.A.R.S. Johnson helps to plan Thanksgiving food drives, Christmas toy giveaways, and other community events aimed at giving back to the community and the students that she works with. Next up for the organization is an Easter Egg hunt. Johnson’s work with S.C.A.R.S. has expanded into J.B. Martin, where she keeps different uniforms and food in her office for students who may be in need.

“I just like impacting students and working collectively with the school system to get things done,” she said, adding that she is currently studying for the Praxis test so that she can become a teacher. “My goal is to continue to be an educator and an advocate for students … to listen to what issues they’re having and be there for them.”


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Roth has both her undergraduate and graduate degree in journalism, which she has utilized in the past as an instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University and a reporter at various newspapers and online publications. She grew up in LaPlace, where she currently resides with her husband and three daughters.

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