Fair Grove Teacher Nominated for Jefferson Awards

FAIR GROVE, Mo. -- Some teachers have that special spark that really ignites students to learn.

And a certain teacher from Fair Grove teacher is one of them.

Amy Johnson has been teaching history at Fair Grove High School for 15 years and says she loves it....

But Mrs. Johnson not only teaches her students about history - she shows them how they can make a difference outside of the classroom and into the world around them. 

As a wife and mother of two, this teacher keeps a busy schedule. She sponsors the National Honor Society, inspiring teens out in the community to help others.

Johnson explains, "We do service, that is our biggest thing. We work here in the community and we've started doing the Ronald McDonald House. We cook dinner once a month there and we love doing that. We started the Humane Society recently and we go there and volunteer a few hours and work with Cystic Fibrosis. We work with Autism Speak, we've done a couple of times and we just like to do stuff for the community."

That is just the start of all the volunteer work she does. She also works with Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, fundraisers for her school, and food drives.

She's even traveled to Europe with students and so they can experience different cultures around the world.

Johnson describes the reactions her students have when they are immersed in a foreign country.

"A lot of them are surprised, they're like, 'Really? It's normal over here? I thought they'd be weird or mean like going to France. Oh, the French are going to be so mean.' They're nice, they're nice people. They want to visit with you, they want to tell you about their country, they want you to eat their cuisine, and learn and love it too. So, I think they're surprised that the world is much bigger and they can be a part of it."

The seniors she teaches says always positive and brightens their day.

One senior, Jayden Kensinger, says, "She's taught me how to be a better leader and how to care for the people around me and she's taught me a lot about government and history as well. But's she's been an awesome teacher, one of my favorites."

A true teacher, Mrs. Johnson also used her nomination for the Jefferson Awards as a history lesson, telling students about how the national program got started in part by Jacquelynn Kennedy Onassis in 1972 to establish a Nobel Prize for public and community service.


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