Bonnie Omer Johnson has enjoyed writing for as long as she can remember. Driven by her curiosity about different topics and her good rapport with diverse groups of people, she brings more than a decade of experience to her role with Bellarmine University. Ms. Johnson’s responsibilities with the institution include teaching writing and creative development workshops. Over the years, she has also taught creative writing, economic and racial discrimination, and literature classes.
The biggest challenge Ms. Johnson faces is time management. She has so many interests and there are only a certain amount of hours in each day. Ms. Johnson recently became interested in environmental studies, for example, and is working on developing an environmental literature class to teach. Furthermore, she is proud of overcoming the insecurity of standing in front of a classroom of students.
To prepare for her career, Ms. Johnson earned a Master of Fine Arts in writing from Spalding University in 2004, and a degree in English literature from the University of Kentucky in 1970. She was inspired to take this career path by her grandmother, who taught her how to read and told her there can be no success without reading. Ms. Johnson has also been inspired by people in history who, against all odds, pushed forward in their lives and careers, like Beatrix Potter, Madame Curie, Booker T. Washington, and George Washington Carver. She would like to be remembered as a woman who was truthful and authentic, and hopes to live life with enthusiasm and zest. When Ms. Johnson isn’t working, she enjoys reading, traveling, writing, entertaining, and organizing events. She also does competitive running, and is an honored member of The International Women’s Leadership Association.
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