Carolyn Johnson, At Large
Educator & Guatemala Literacy Project
Experience: As an educator, I know that everyone learns in different ways, through different experiences. LearningWorks offers hope, options, alternatives, and support for people in our communities who may not thrive in traditional educational settings to find success. By emphasizing the talents of each individual, setting challenging expectations, and providing alternative pathways to education and literacy, LearningWorks provides opportunity for individuals while creating the foundation for a strong, vibrant community.
Education: Carolyn Johnson has more than 30 years experience as a teacher, administrator, and consultant. She was selected as a Maine Distinguished Educator and worked with schools to develop student assistance teams and anti-bullying programs. She is the founder, developer, and past director of the The Culture of Reading Program (CORP), which provides professional development and resources in literacy education for schools in rural Guatemala. Starting in 2007 with one school, CORP now serves 70+ primary schools, nearly 600 teachers and more than 15,000 students. Carolyn is a member of the Rotary Club of Yarmouth and served as District Governor of clubs in western Maine and coastal New Hampshire. She is active as a facilitator with Rotary International, working with local clubs and districts. She is a frequent motivational speaker at regional and international events. Carolyn is vice-chair of the Literacy Rotary Action Group and an advisor to the Rotary Foundation’s Water, Sanitation & Hygiene. In Schools programs, she serves as a consultant and project reviewer for major Rotary Foundation education & literacy grants. Carolyn was awarded the Service Above Self Award, Rotary’s highest award recognizing Rotarians who demonstrate their commitment to others through volunteering their time and talents. In addition to serving LearningWorks, Carolyn is involved at Yarmouth Senior Housing (safe, affordable housing for elders) and is Chair of the Advisory Board for the Guatemala Literacy Project. She and her husband, Peter Johnson, live in Yarmouth