KWC to Host Renowned Educator Anthony Johnson


Owensboro, Ky. (September 5, 2013) – Kentucky Wesleyan College will host renowned North Carolina educator Anthony Johnson on Sunday, September 8, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in Rogers Hall at the Winchester Center. The public is invited to attend. Johnson will share his life story and emphasize how he overcame adversity to achieve his goals. Johnson was born and raised in New Orleans, where he failed several grades before dropping out of school. He later obtained his GED and college degree and found his calling to teach at-risk youth. He is recognized by Apple as an Apple Distinguished Educator and is known for his implementation of technology in the classroom. Johnson formed a drum circle for eight at-risk boys that has evolved into the only elementary school marching band in North Carolina. His band, “The Mini Funk Factory Marching Band,” was featured in the April 2012 issue of School Band and Orchestra magazine in an article, “iPad Innovators in the Music Room.” The band is also featured in the Apple Distinguished Educators section of iTunes U. He has received numerous awards, including the prestigious MLK Humanitarian of the Year Award. As a technology facilitator, Johnson trained educators to integrate technology into the curriculum before becoming a fifth grade teacher.

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