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Alumni Spotlight: Rachel Regan Johnson ’10

Drury alumna Rachel Regan Johnson is no stranger to the classroom. Since the 5th grade, she has known she wanted to be a teacher. After receiving her BA degree in History from Drury University, Rachel pursued her Master’s degree at Missouri State University, where she graduated with her MA in History in 2012. Following her graduation, Rachel joined the Teach For America Corp and was assigned a position in Oklahoma City. This decision led her down an unexpected path – working in early childhood education. Today, she is Kindergarten teacher in Vienna, Missouri and a history adjunct instructor at East Central Community College in Rolla, Missouri. Rachel and her husband Tyler will soon celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary and are expecting their first child this summer.

“Take chances and do not be afraid to follow your passion.”

Rachel has an incredible passion for history. She knew her career path wouldn’t necessarily lead her to riches and fame, but she followed her interests. Her time at Drury provided her with professors and peers who encouraged her along the way. Rachel gives this advice to current students, “Be open to new ideas and opportunities. My career path took a totally different direction than what I had envisioned for myself, but this is where I am meant to be. Have goals and dreams, but do not get tunnel vision.”

Recently, Johnson became a published author. Her children’s book, Mrs. Johnson and the Ant Attack, is the first in a series of alphabet-sequenced books she hopes to publish. The book is available on and through her publisher MASCOT Books. When she is not teaching her Kindergarten or college students, Rachel regularly attends Zumba, plays in an adult volleyball league, competes in 5k races, and has completed three half-marathons.

Mrs. Johnson’s Drury Difference

Throughout her time at Drury University, Rachel made many lasting memories. From her camaraderie with her Kappa Delta sisters, to participating in an empowering production of The Vagina Monologues, the family atmosphere of Drury University is something Rachel is proud to be a part of. Her experiences as a Panther made an impact on her self-esteem and developing her leadership skills. “Once you are a Panther, you are a Panther for life.”

For DU alumni, Rachel encourages you to become involved! Keep up-to-date with what is happening on campus by visiting the Drury University Alumni website. Join a local alumni chapter and learn more about becoming a donor or volunteer