Alumni Profile - Carrie Osborne Johnston, Esq.
Having attended a Title I school for part of her early education, Carrie joined Teach For America's 2006 Baltimore Corps with some experiences that informed her thoughts on education. Her experience as a corps member and a Teach For America staff member gave her new perspective on how influential a good educational opportunity can be in a person's life and how much it matters to have committed, talented people working in a school.
As an introvert, Carrie was not sure that teaching would be sustainable for her long-term, but she continued to have a strong interest in educational access. She decided to attend Elon University School of Law with the aim of working in education law. While in law school, Carrie interned with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights and Legal Aid of North Carolina, both of which allowed her to keep pursuing her interest in working toward different types of access for minority and economically disadvantaged populations.
Carrie currently works in higher education law with the University of North Carolina system office in Chapel Hill. She fell in love with Greensboro at first sight, and now calls it her home.
"After teaching and working for Teach For America's Baltimore region, my husband Stu (a 2003 Baltimore alum and Assistant Principal for Guilford County Schools) and I decided to move to Greensboro so I could attend Elon University," Carrie said. "We liked Greensboro from our first visit, and, since moving here in 2009, we've been lucky to build a good community here. The Piedmont Triad area is home now."