Monica Elkins-Johnson, Ed.D., was elected to the Richland Two Board of Trustees in 2012. She was born and raised in Columbia where she graduated from Columbia High School and continued her education, earning a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education and family and consumer sciences, a master’s in divergent learning, and educational specialist and doctorate degrees in educational leadership.
An educator for more than 20 years, Dr. Elkins-Johnson has worked in a variety of capacities ranging from kindergarten, first- and fourth-grade teacher to serving as an administrator at the elementary and high school levels. Most recently, she worked as principal of an elementary school in a neighboring district. She served on the board for the South Carolina Education Association, and as vice-president for the Richland County Education Association.
Her community service includes being a life member of the NAACP and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post #4262. She is a member of Eastern Star and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She volunteered with Sistercare and served on the board for Richland County First Steps. Dr. Monica Elkins-Johnson has been selected by the NEA (National Education Association) to be a part of Local Progress’s very first school board cohort which will be launched at Local Progress’s annual convening October 26-28, 2015 in Los Angeles, Ca. in a first time School Board cohort comprised of two School Board members per state.
The NEA selected board members from each state who share their values and vision about education to join Local Progress – a network of hundreds of local elected officials from around the country committed to a strong economy, equal justice, livable cities, and effective government.
Elkins-Johnson has been a resident of Richland Two since 1990, is married and attends First Northeast Baptist Church. She has completed Level 5 training in the SCSBA Boardmanship Institute.