Renee Johnson is our Advisor of the Month for August 2021 and has been an NTHS Advisor for 8 years! She currently serves as the massage therapy instructor at Chattanooga State Community College in Tennessee. Renee took some time to answer some questions about her NTHS chapter and how they have been successful before and during the pandemic. Take a look to learn more about the awesome work that Renee and her students have accomplished!
Why is Career and Technical Education important to you?
“CTE is important to me because our high school students need a choice when they graduate. Skilled workers are not less than four year college students. They leave with an education that helps our communities continue to run!”
Your recent virtual induction ceremony was lovely! What advice would you give to other advisors who would like to or need to hold a virtual ceremony?
“With COVID possibly rearing up again, remember to make it about the students and their outcome accomplishments. The NTHS Induction PowerPoint made mine easy.”
You’ve had a very successful chapter the past few years, in spite of education being disrupted. How did you promote NTHS to your students and encourage them to join? Please share your ideas with us so that other advisors and chapters may benefit!
“Encourage their instructors to encourage their students. If a student is just below the cutoff; Suggest how they can receive honors.”
For your current students who are continuing their CTE education online or in a hybrid model, what advice would you give them on how to make the most out of their CTE experience?
“Remember that even online we can teach some hands-on by video recording through Zoom and one-on-one sessions with students.”
As the leader of your school’s NTHS chapter, what accomplishments (yours or your students’) are you most proud of?
“I’m most proud of all of their community outreach and leadership in their careers. Before COVID we would often win gold in SkillsUSA’s community service contest!”
Has your NTHS chapter done any activities, projects, campaigns, and/or community outreach that you feel were particularly successful? Please share your stories!
“We have worked with the homeless, with the underprivileged, and low income groups with health services, massage, barbering and haircuts.”
Tell us a little about yourself…Your family? Your pets? Your hobbies and interests?
“I came through our program 14 years ago as an adult learner. I am now a LMT (licensed massage therapist) with specialties in hospital based massage, pediatric massage and equine massage. My family and I have 15 horses and three dogs (in Australian shepherd and two corgis). I love to be outdoors, to cook, read, and craft.”