Johannah had her first teatime in 1987 in Anaheim, California when her mom, Julie, read aloud Midsummer Night's Dream from the Leon Garfield's Shakespeare Stories. Johannah ate lemon yogurt and thought Hermia was the most beautiful name she had ever heard. Johannah's love for words and narratives continued at the Ohio State University, where she earned her BA in Comparative Cultural Studies and French.
While in college, Johannah led small groups of junior high students in weekly discussions of body image, religion, and cultural heritage. These discussions were Johannah's first realization that she loves creating community with young people. After graduation, Johannah taught English in France at a junior high and a high school. Teaching English forced her to re-learn all the "nitty gritty grammar" she thought she'd left in homeschool. By the time she left France, her English grammar had improved as much as her French.
In the past three years, Johannah has been the resident Boomerang Book Club facilitator and now hosts the Arrow Book Club, as well! Johannah loves this job, as it gives her an excuse to read all the time and then talk about it! She recently got an Audible account so that she can listen to audiobooks while grocery shopping. The Boomerang Book Club has allowed her to re-examine old favorites through new lenses, while exploring new novels that have been previously overlooked by the literary canon.
She is now a counselor at a high school in Brooklyn, where her appreciation for the importance of stories has only grown. She has found that the more narratives a young person is exposed to, the more their capacity for empathy and curiosity grows. Johannah looks forward to teaching the Book Club each year; it has kept her connected to the homeschool community and to works of fiction that make up the groundwork for her relationship to reading now.
In the coming year, Johannah will teach herself Spanish while living in South America and chatting online with her fabulous students.