Erika Hall Johnson Named NDP DEI Director

Ms. Erika Hall Johnson has been named Notre Dame Preparatory School’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Director. With 10 years of experience in classroom teaching and seven years of work in community building, Ms. Johnson comes to NDP with a deep commitment to Gospel-mandated DEI principles.
Ms. Erika Hall Johnson has been named Notre Dame Preparatory School’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Director. With 10 years of experience in classroom teaching and seven years of work in community building, Ms. Johnson comes to NDP with a deep commitment to Gospel-mandated DEI principles.

For the past five years, Ms. Johnson has worked as an instructor at St. Ignatius Loyola Academy in Baltimore. In addition, she has served as a mentor providing college and career guidance to first-generation college students to close the achievement gap for Black youth. Prior to joining St. Ignatius, she worked as an educator in Baltimore County Public School System and served as a Youth and Church Administrator in Dallas, Texas. She is an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) teacher, has developed teen empowerment curricula, and has organized mission trips to Africa.

A 12-year student at and 1995 graduate of McDonogh School, she was the founding member of that institution’s Student Diversity Club, where she regularly presented on diversity topics as a student. In addition, she attended the then newly launched Persons of Color Conference, the signature diversity event of the National Association of Independent School (NAIS) in which NDP students and teachers participate today.

More recently, Ms. Johnson provided DEI professional development to all employees of Jesuit-operated educational institutions in the Baltimore area. In 2020, she received her master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Loyola University, an experience she directly attributes to cultivating a deeper appreciation for the intentionally rigorous academics and service-oriented education of Catholic institutions.
 
“With the love and compassion of Christ, my intention as Director of DEI at NDP will be to model answering God’s call to fellowship and discipleship,” Ms. Johnson said. “I am most grateful for the confidence Sister Patricia and the community have shown in me and for their recognition of the importance of having someone focused on advancing Notre Dame Preparatory School’s DEI efforts.”

Ms. Johnson will begin in her role on July 1, 2021.
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An Independent, Catholic Girls School, Grades 6-12, Sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame