Mitch Johnson was born and raised in St. Paul, MN. His interests include education, protecting the natural environment and understanding the physical world. Prior to becoming a teacher he was a practicing professional civil engineer. He maintains his professional licensure and continues to practice engineering on a part time basis. He has been teaching high school math, physics and general sciences for the last seven years at metro area schools.
Mitch is married and has two children both currently in college. His formal education after high school began with a two-year degree in Electronic Technology from the St. Paul Technical-Vocational Institute in 1980. He returned to school at Lakewood Community College (Century College) where he obtained an Associates Degree in Pre-Engineering in 1985. He then went on to finish his Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree at the University of Minnesota at the Twin Cities Campus in the spring of 1990.
Mitch’s initial work experience consisted of working for metro area Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCD), where he gained experience working with local watershed organizations, cities, counties and state agencies. Working for SWCD consists of running public outreach and various educational programs; assisting local residents with their soil and water related concerns, giving guided tours to groups of college students interested water resources related fields and assisting city, county and state officials with identifying and preserving natural resources that are in conflict with metropolitan area growth.
Mitch then took employment in the private sector with metro area consulting engineering firms. His experiences shifted towards involvement with urban design and installation of municipal infrastructure. During the later half of this period, he became a part-owner in a firm with many “younger” engineers and scientists whom he actively mentored. It was during this period that his skills as a teacher became evident and would lead him on another path.
He received his certification in teaching from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls in 2010 and has been teaching math and physics at the high school level for the last seven years. Always involved in the physical and environmental sciences in some form or another, he sees an ever-growing need in today’s society for the advancement of the sciences. As a secondary science teacher, Mitch hopes to help to spark young scientist’s creative abilities and show them that science is fun!