Clara Johnson, who is a native of Hurtsboro, Alabama and currently a resident of Columbus, Georgia, is the Director of the Dominion Children's Academy and has been since its inception. She has a passion for working with children and assisting others, which she has done the majority of her adult life. In this position of leadership, Ms. Johnson successfully manages the overall day-to-day operations of the state-of-the art, 1.6 million-dollar childcare facility. She manages a staff of 15 to 18 people and an operating budget required to provide care for 80 to 120 children, from the ages of 6-weeks to 12-years old. To effectively maintain the center's regulatory requirements, Ms. Johnson created standard policies and procedures for the staff. Ms. Johnson completed the enrollment process for subsidized care and assistance to service low-income families. On a daily basis, she ensures that the students are safe and the teachers provide them with a nurturing learning environment. Ms. Johnson also ensures that the teachers receive annual training as required by the governing body and additional training to remain in compliance with the state guidelines.
Ms. Johnson has a plausible rapport with the parents of the students and is able to discuss sensitive matters using diplomacy and confidentiality. Ms. Johnson keeps the center compliant with the standard guidelines of the licensing body, Bright From the Start, and verifies that the meals served at the academy are prepared according to the USDA guidelines and served twice a day with two snacks.
Ms. Johnson previously worked in the capacity as the Cottage Supervisor of a Residential Treatment Facility for Twin Cedars Youth Services (Anne Elizabeth Shepherd Home; a home for sexually abused girls; ages 7-13 years) for 13 years. In this role, Ms. Johnson successfully managed 20 Direct Care staff employees and a $500M program budget with the sole purpose of providing quality care for consumers through providing a structured environment that enables physical, cognitive and psychosocial development of the consumers while monitoring their progress weekly.
Ms. Johnson is actively involved in several different auxiliaries within Macedonia Christian Ministries, such as serving as the Ministerial Coordinator, the Administrator for the New Members' Ministry Team, and a team member of the Media Ministry.
Ms. Johnson is a graduate of Columbus State University; Columbus, Georgia with a B.S. General Studies, minor in Communications. Ms. Johnson is an honors graduate from Chavala High School in Seale, Alabama. She is a certified CPR & First Aid Instructor with Red Cross and has completed several courses in counseling, people management, managing children and data entry.
Born in Southeast Asia , Philippines; as a teenager she learned that working with kids so exciting she began volunteering and teaching during children's Sunday school and Saturday extension classes. Shortly after college she started he career working 2 years at Iloilo Integrated Christian's Ace International School. Once she moved to Columbus, Ga she started working for Dominion Children's Academy, where she is currently still educating and teaching. She has now been with us for close 4 yrs and doing an exceptional job teaching our 1 yr old students.
"I just love working with kids"
Angelica Graham – Lead Teacher K-2
She has been working with kids and youth departments now for over 8 plus years. Now working over 4 years at DCA, she believes that this is a wonderful place children to begin their journey in learning education and academically emotionally. She is also finishing her degree in Physical Education at Columbus State University. Mrs A is very dependable and does an awesome job teaching toddlers to potty train. Her kids do a lot of creative learning including, Spanish words, basic Sign language, and social developmental projects. Mrs A is an outstanding patient teacher
With her 20 years of experience in food service, she's dedicated and passionate in making sure our children get the best nutritional meal they need each and everyday. Mrs Gene has been with us cooking and serving food now for over 3 yrs.
Mrs Maria is from Zacatecas, Mexico and is bilingual. She has been with us a couple years and works as one of our leads in the infant room. She has been working with kids overall 12 years and brings her experience to our school. She is very good developing our 1 year olds by teaching them, doing activities, and most of all nourishing them. Her patience and hard work has been a value to our school. "I love working with kids" is a phrase that Mrs Maria use but also demonstrates.