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Dr. Kasey Johnson Hired as Lead Education Faculty


Dr. Kasey Johnson has accepted a full-time position at Ottawa University as assistant professor of education and lead education faculty member. She will also be the professor in charge of OU’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages  (TESOL) program.

Johnson, who has served as adjunct faculty since March 2018, brings a vast amount of professional education experience to her new role at OU. Prior to joining OU, she previously spent five years on faculty with Olathe Public Schools as the lead English Language Learner (ELL) teacher at Indian Trail and Santa Fe middle schools. Johnson has more than 20 years of experience in education, having taught grades K-12 in the areas of music, language arts, ELL, and social studies. As an adjunct at OU, she has taught undergraduate- and graduate-level education courses.

“We are honored to have Dr. Johnson join Ottawa University’s full-time ranks as an Assistant Professor of Education and a Lead Faculty within the School of Education,” said Dr. Terry Haines, University Provost & Chief Academic Officer. “Dr. Johnson has provided exceptional instruction and leadership as an adjunct at OU, and the wealth of knowledge she brings will be a significant asset as we continue to grow the School of Education and prepare skilled, dedicated, and dynamic teachers for the future.”

Beyond her experience as an educator, Johnson has for 10 years operated her own business, Smarter Moms LLC, which strives to encourage, empower and educate mothers of all ages in order to help them become the parent they want to be. She writes a regular blog and travels across the United States speaking to hundreds of mothers and a variety of women’s groups. In addition, she has authored two books: “Mom Essentials: 10 Words Successful Moms Live By” and “7 Ways To Be A S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Mom.” Both are available from Beacon Hill Press.

“I’m excited to pair my experiences in K-12 education with the world of higher education,” said Johnson. “Whether students are just starting out, or have made a career change; a person’s calling to be an educator is powerful. I treasure the opportunity to partner with educators at all levels as they influence future generations and shape the conversations within society. I am a life-long learner. Interacting with educators and students broadens my worldview and perspective. I consider it an honor to support and equip educators at all levels as we work to reach students from all walks of life and bring diversity into our program and our classrooms.”

Dr. Amy Hogan, Dean of OU’s School of Education, said Johnson is a highly skilled addition to the University’s faculty with her varied experience as an educator, business owner and author.

“Dr. Johnson shares the joy of learning, an eagerness for understanding higher education academics and realization for cultivating relationships,” said Hogan. “I am honored to welcome Dr. Johnson to our team.”

Johnson holds a Doctor of Education in Ethical Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., a Master of Education from Mid-American Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan., and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, Calif.


About Ottawa University

Founded in 1865, Ottawa University prepares professional and liberal arts graduates for lifetimes of personal significance, vocational fulfillment and service to God and humanity as a Christ-inspired community of grace and open inquiry. Ottawa University is a comprehensive, not-for-profit educational institution, serving more than 4,500 students through its residential campuses in Ottawa, Kan., and Surprise, Ariz., and adult campuses in Overland Park, Kan.; Surprise, Ariz.; Brookfield, Wis.; and online. Visit for more information.

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