Auntaria (Mrs. A) Johnson was born in Miami, Florida. At a very young age her family moved into the James E. Scott housing projects in the inner city neighborhood of Liberty City. Auntaria is a proud student of the Miami-Dade public school system, having graduated from Miami Northwestern Community High School. She then obtained a degree in Early Childhood Education at Barry University and later obtained her Master’s in Education and specialist degree in Educational Leadership (Ed.S.) from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. She holds a Florida Department of Education teacher's certification in Early Childhood Education and an ESOL endorsement.
Auntaria has worked as a teacher in private and public schools, and a variety of education institutions for over 20 years. In addition, she has held positions as a program director, social services manager, adult education teacher and training and development manager for the Housing Authority City of Ft. Lauderdale. As an award winning grant writer, Auntaria has worked alongside several community partners to inspire a diverse population of youth and adults to reach their full potential through much-needed education programs. The Dennis Project, Inc. is the foundation she is laying towards her goal of owning and operating a K-8 leadership academy.
Having lost one of her greatest inspirations to breast cancer (her grandmother Amelia Dennis), she became even more determined to enrich, empower, and engage youth through the organization's much needed enrichment programs.
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