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Julie A. Johnson of Social Circle High, Named Biotech Teacher of the Year

Friday, January 10, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Maria Thacker
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ATLANTA, GA (January 10, 2014) – Julie A. Johnson, RN, MSN/MBA, Ed.S., a Healthcare Science Instructor in Nursing Essentials & Biotechnology at Social Circle High School in Walton County, Georgia has been selected as the 2014 Biotechnology Teacher of the Year.

The Teacher of the Year award recognizes excellence in STEM teaching and support for the biotechnology pathway, part of Georgia’s Career Clusters, by a current high school biotechnology teacher. The award winner is nominated by peers and selected by the GeorgiaBioEd Institute Board of Advisors.

In 2004 at the urging of a friend Mrs. Johnson started a Healthcare Science program in Social Circle at Social Circle High School. The fledgling program grew over the years and now includes a Certified Nursing Assistant program as well as a Biotechnology program. In 2011, Mrs. Johnson was honored to have her first student compete at HOSA National Competition and place 2nd in First Aid/Rescue Breathing. Mrs. Johnson currently serves as the Publication Director for Georgia Healthcare Science Teacher Educators Association Board. In 2013, Mrs. Johnson was nominated by a group of her peers as the Teacher of the Year for Social Circle High School.

Hailing from Rushville, IL, Mrs. Johnson was part of biotechnology before it was "cool” having her first job at the age of 13 for the Pioneer Seed Company, detasseling corn each summer for five years.

Mrs. Johnson hold a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Harding University, in Searcy, Arkansas, a dual masters in Healthcare Management from the University of Phoenix, and her Education Specialist degree from Piedmont University. She has previously held a position as a Registered Nurse at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta-Egleston in the Cardiac Step-Down Unit.

Mrs. Johnson will be honored at the Georgia Bio Annual Awards Dinner, January 23, 6 pm to 9 pm, at the Atlanta Fox Theater.

Other leading companies, executives, researchers and dedicated individuals will receive Georgia Bio Awards for the following categories (listed alphabetically by award title):

  • Community Awards - Richard diMonda, BEE, MSBME, MBA; Judy M. Gantt M.Ed., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Joseph M. Patti, Ph.D., Biota Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Todd Sherer, PhD, CLP, Emory University
  • Deals of the Year Awards - Arbor Pharmaceuticals, LLC.; Clearside Biomedical Inc.; CorMatrix Cardiovascular, Inc.; EndoChoice, Inc.; Royal Philips & Georgia Regents Health System
  • Emerging Leader of the Year - Dana Fallaize, Emory University
  • Industry Growth Awards – David Hartnett, Metro Atlanta Chamber; David Perryman, DRIVE LLC
  • Innovation Awards - Amy Baxter, MD, CEO, MMJ Labs; Ami Klin, Ph.D., Director, Marcus Autism Center
  • Legislator of the Year Award - Representative Ben Watson (R-166)
  • Phoenix Award - Merial LTD & the University of Georgia

Georgia Bio ( is the private, non-profit association whose members include pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies, medical centers, universities and research institutes, government groups and other business organizations involved in the development of life sciences related products and services.

Note to Editors: Credentialed members of the news media are invited to attend. Registration is complimentary. Please contact Maria Thacker (404-920-2042;

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