Christian N. Johnson and her family have been residents of Pickerington since 2001. A 2008 graduate of Pickerington High School North, she is proud to call her the community home today.
Although Christian’s accomplishments as a student and professional have afforded her the opportunity to live elsewhere, she has chosen to call Pickerington—and the community she loves—home.
After graduating from the Pickerington North, Christian attended Kentucky State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education.
Christian’s love for education and passion for inspiring the youth in her hometown lead her to return to Pickerington as a substitute teacher. While she loved her time in the classroom, Christian was compelled to return to the classroom as a student herself to further her education.
She obtained a Master of Science degree in Recreation and Sports Management with a specialization in Special Events from Ohio University.
After graduation, Christian worked as Recreation and Special Events Coordinator at Centerville-Washington Park District in Centerville, Ohio. In spite of working elsewhere in Ohio, Christian’s heart remained in Pickerington, where she often returned to spend time with her younger brother and sister who were still attending Pickerington schools.
Although Christian’s path ended as a teacher for a short time, she knew that her purpose as an educator was one that would endure. In her words, “I understood that there are various ways to teach outside of the classroom, and most people learn from their experiences. I wanted to produce those memorable experiences.”
Upon returning to start her own special event and design agency in 2018, Christian re-immersed herself into the Pickerington community and became heavily involved in the school system.
She first became a mentor at Pickerington High School North where she had the privilege of engaging with over 90 young men and women. There, Christian had the opportunity to see firsthand how mentorship changes lives. In the words of one Pickerington North senior, "The mentors created a safe place for us to be ourselves and talk openly. They didn't see us kids. They saw us as people with real issues."
It was because of her interactions with Pickerington youth that Christian decided to return to the district as a substitute teacher. During this time, she built relationships with students, teachers, and administration, gaining diverse outlooks and perspectives of the district and providing them with insight based on her time in the classroom and as a mentor.
She served as adult coordinator for 2019 Pickerington’s Black History Month program, found a community by the name of: P.A.S.S.E.D., Parents About Students, Success, Equity and Diversity. Christian also aided in the success of the District’s first Historically Black College and University College Fair and currently serves as a member of the Pickerington Black Parents Network.
Christian lives, works, volunteers, worships, in Pickerington. Her loyalty to the city is evident, but her passion is shown through her actions.