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Dana Darby Johnson

English Teacher Phone: (505) 438-4008
Mailbox: 108

          Dana Darby Johnson teaches English Language Arts to both seventh graders and freshmen.  This is her seventh year at ATC.  She has also taught English at Santa Fe High and at Santa Fe Indian School, and comparative religion/multicultural studies at ATC.

          After training in London in the field of lexicography (dictionaries!), she spent a decade writing for English and Scottish publishers, and is currently on the board of advisors for the Scholastic Children’s Dictionary.

          Science was also a previous career.  Ms. Johnson spent 10 years writing, researching, and helping patients in the field of neurotoxicology, the poisoning of the brain and nervous system by chemicals such as pesticides.  She has authored more than 20 articles on women’s health, the environment, and neurotoxicology.

          Ms. Johnson came to Santa Fe from the United Kingdom, where she lived for six years.  A graduate of St. John’s College, Annapolis, she grew up in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC in a very international community.  Now she loves spending time with her teenage daughter. 

          Highlights of her courses include classics like Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Bryce Courtenay’s The Power of One (South Africa). Black-white relations in America are introduced through To Kill a Mockingbird, Frederick Douglass, and Black Like Me.  Students learn to do internet research and make public presentations on world cultures (7th) and on chemicals and human health (9th), and all students receive a thorough grounding in how to write an essay.

          “I love ATC!  We continue to improve and evolve every year, because of our close-knit team of professionals and so many highly-involved students and parents.  I believe that most people thrive in a smaller school, and ATC has attracted a very caring community.”