FLINT TWP. — James Johnson and Laura Garrison were sworn into office Tuesday as newly appointed members of the Carman-Ainsworth Board of Education.
They were among five candidates who applied recently for vacancies created by the resignations of Recco Richardson and Don Conway, who both were reelected in November 2012.
Johnson is an Information Technology Engineer for Lewis & Knopf CPAs and is also a minister. He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor and has a bachelor’s of science degree in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix, Troy campus.
He spent four years working with the Boy Scout Troop at Randels Elementary, coached C-A Youth Football for five years, participated in All-District Band Concerts for several years, and is currently coaching C-A Powder Puff teams.
As a minister, mentor and teacher, Johnson said he has dedicated his life to helping others.
“My philosophy is this: If I can help a child advance positively in life, I can eliminate one stereotypical statistic.”
Johnson is a Flint native, He and his wife Claire have three children: Natasha, 23, who attends Mott Community College, Jalesia, 19, who attends Siena Heights University in Adrian, and James II, 16, a senior at Carman-Ainsworth High School.
Garrison grew up in Grand Blanc and attended Grand Blanc Schools. She has taught elementary school for Flint Community Schools for 20 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Michigan and master’s degrees in Curriculum and in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University.
She and her husband Darren have three children attending C-A schools. Mikaila a sophomore at the high school, Alivia is a 6th-grader and Luke is in 4th grade. Garrison keeps busy supporting her children’s invlovement in golf, softball, dancing, gymnastics and robotics.
She also serves as a volunteer with the the Carman Cancer Crushers, Team Saha and the American Cancer Society and worked on the CARES committee, a parents group that helped get C-A millages renewed in May.
“My passion is children,” she said. “I enjoy working with the children and their families and helping them become successful in life.”