KDE Employee Spotlight: Christina Johnson

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KDE Employee Spotlight: Christina Johnson. "Knowing the difference that good food and a full belly makes to students really drives me and the whole branch to continue to perfect and work on this program."

  • Prior to joining KDE, Johnson worked for the Kentucky Department of Community Based Services, where she conducted Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefit interviews.
  • When Johnson is not aiding in the implementation of school lunch trainings, she is assisting in a small business that she co-owns with her sister.

By Jacob Perkins
Jacob.perkins@education.ky.gov

Christina Johnson, program coordinator from the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) Division of School and Community Nutrition, joined the department in April 2016.

Prior to joining KDE, the Owen County High School and Western Kentucky University graduate worked for the Kentucky Department of Community Based Services, where she conducted Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefit interviews.

As a program coordinator, Johnson conducts trainings for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). She also assists in creating all trainings for School and Community Nutrition.

She added that being able to travel to schools and see the breakfast and lunch options for students is one of her favorite facets of her job.

“The most rewarding part is for sure getting to go to schools and see the delicious breakfast and lunches that schools are serving and seeing the kids genuinely excited to get to eat lunch,” Johnson said. ”Knowing the difference that good food and a full belly makes to students really drives me and the whole branch to continue to perfect and work on this program.”

When Johnson is not aiding in the implementation of school lunch trainings, she is assisting in a small business that she co-owns with her sister.

“We do woodwork, cut out door hangers and wall décor to sell at craft fairs and on Etsy,” Johnson said of her business. “We started in 2017 in my father’s woodshop and keep growing and growing. We have now sold our products in 34 states and as far as Alaska.”

For more information on the NSLP, visit the KDE School Meals Program website which goes over the different aspects of the program, including the School Breakfast Program and the Special Milk Program.

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Christina Johnson Christina.johnson@education.ky.gov

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