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Name and Position:

Emily Johnson, PhD, CHES; Lecturer


What will you be doing in the FYCS department?

Teaching undergraduate FYCS courses; overseeing the practicum experience for all FYCS majors


Where did you grow up? What did you want to be?

Sebastian, Florida; I always wanted to be a teacher, as I have always enjoyed working with youth.

What was your very first job?

Gymnastics coach at age 15

What do you like to do in your free time? Do you have any hobbies?

I love to exercise and be outdoors in the sun. I am a personal trainer and enjoy training people.

Who is your greatest inspiration?

Mary Savoye. She is the founder and director of Yale University’s Bright Bodies Program. As someone who has worked for youth weight loss programs, I have much respect for the type of program she has created for youth and their families in the New Haven community.

What is your favorite food?

Thin crust cheese pizza

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

Fast Car by Tracy Chapman. I grew up listening to this song so it brings me back to my childhood. The newer versions (remixes) aren’t too bad, either!

What is a quirky or fun fact about you that people may not know?

I won a car in high school.

If you or someone else wrote a book about your life, what do you think the title would be?

“Let me tell you about my dog: A story about a girl and her best bud.”

If you could sit down with your 20 year old self, what would you tell him or her?

Find a job that makes you happy and makes you feel like you’re making a difference in someone’s life. The letters after your name, your job title, or your salary do not matter- just find your happiness and make connections with people you care about.

And finally, what excites you about working in the FYCS department?

I have had nothing but wonderful experiences in the FYCS department- all my interactions with the faculty and staff have been warm and welcoming. I wouldn’t have been successful in graduate school without the support from some FYCS faculty mentors. I owe them so much! I look forward to being part of the FYCS department- one that values people, community, and relationships.