Brian Johnson ’75, MA ’80 said that he found his calling as an educator during his senior year at Loyola Marymount University. Since then he has devoted more than 30 years to the students and families of the Lennox School District, as a teacher, principal and now assistant superintendent.
“In many ways, [LMU] just formed me by truly broadening my perspective,” Johnson said.
Johnson credits the impetus of his decades of service to an underserved urban community in part to his exposure to the university’s core values. He said, “the message that you are here to make a difference really spoke to me.”
The double alumnus continues to foster an alliance between Lennox and LMU to strengthen education in Los Angeles. As an example, he mentions the successful El Espejo, or the mirror, after-school program, founded by fellow alumna Pam Rector, where current LMU students engage with at-risk Lennox Middle School students, sharing the possibilities afforded by a college education. Once enrolled at LMU, a number of former Lennox students have themselves mentored younger students.
Johnson strives to encourage others’ generosity with his example, having served on LMU’s Alumni Association Advisory Board, as a Grand Reunion co-chair, and in various advisory capacities for the School of Education. “I think we each need to identify the places whose work we believe in and give back to those organizations. For me, LMU is one of those places,” Johnson said.
Posted Jan. 11, 2010