Hi! I’m Charletra Johnson and I was born and raised in Atlanta, Ga. I grew up and still live in the historic district of old fourth ward near the Martin Luther King. Jr birth home. My passion for teaching started at the age of 13 while working at a summer youth camp. I loved positively influencing children so much that I worked there the next summer. Working with children sparked my interest in learning how humans think so I pursued a community Psychology degree from Georgia State University in 2005. After graduating college, I volunteered for the Atlanta Children’s shelter reading books and mentoring children ages 1 to 4.
I joined Grant Park Cooperative Preschool shortly after and immediately became intrigued and fascinated with the Reggio philosophy. I loved that the philosophy has a high image of the child and allows children to discover the joy of learning using over 100 different languages. I worked there for 8 years while earning my infant toddler teaching certificate from Georgia Piedmont Technical College in 2015.
After leaving GPCP, I wanted to continue my career working at a preschool that values children. So as fate would have it, my star aligned with The Nest Nursery School. The Nest is perfect for me not only for the Reggio Philosophy but because I love birds! I’m the proud bird mother of a lovely 4 year old parakeet named Sunshine and she is bubbly, bright and curious little tweedy who reminds me of a preschooler.