Mrs. Johnston is originally from Glen Burnie, Maryland and began her music education
as a violinist in the Anne Arundel County school system. Her family moved to southern
West Virginia in 1978 where she completed her public school education at Independence
High School in Coal City, West Virginia in 1982. She attended West Virginia Institute
of Technology (WVU) in Montgomery, West Virginia as a clarinet major and graduated
summa cum laude with her Bachelor's of Science in Music Education in May 1986.
Her first teaching position was the Director of Bands at Trap Hill Middle School in
Surveyor, West Virginia from 1986 to 1989. Upon her husband, Jeff's, assignment to
the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Army Band at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, she
accepted the position of Director of Bands at Greenwood Middle School in Clarksville,
Tennessee in 1989. In 1990, she transferred to Northeast Middle School as the Director
of Bands and remained there until 1995. From 1995 to 2021, she served in the position
of Director of Instrumental Music at Clarksville High School and is an active music
educator in local, state, and national organizations. She retired from public school
service in May of 2021 with 35 years experience in music education.