Teacher inspires through service to students and community

Meet Carrie Johnen, an Adult Basic Education teacher at Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP). She’s a firecracker in the classroom, inspiring her students through engaging lessons, humor and enthusiasm. Her service doesn’t stop at the prison door. Johnen is a…

Teacher inspires through service to students and community

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Meet Carrie Johnen, an Adult Basic Education teacher at Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP). She’s a firecracker in the classroom, inspiring her students through engaging lessons, humor and enthusiasm.

Her service doesn’t stop at the prison door. Johnen is a member of the Amador County Animal Response team, a group of volunteers who are trained to provide emergency assistance to residents and their domestic animals during major disasters. They also educate the public on disaster preparedness.

In November 2018, Johnen joined volunteers in Butte County during the 153,336-acre Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California’s history. She helped organize intake of animals, including dogs and several farm animals, and helped reunite owners with their pets.

A love of animals and a love of learning combine in Amador County, where Johnen is respected and appreciated by her colleagues, students, and numerous animal owners who are grateful she and other volunteers answered the call in their time of need.
Learn more at https://www.amadoranimalresponse.org/.

TRANSCRIPT:

(Good morning!)

Carrie Johnen
Good morning. My name is Carrie Johnen, and I am an Adult Basic Education teacher.
We teach anything from can’t read or write English to GED and up.
I have a lot of mental health patients in here, and I also have a lot of developmental services people in here.
A large, large portion of us are AARP-qualified at 55 and up.
I’m a disciplinarian, so this was a good decision for me to come where there was some discipline.
And it has been the best decision I’ve made in a very long time.

Robert Meredith
She’s really smart.
But don’t give her no hoo-hoo, because she will get on you.
She’ll let you know to act right, and we do act right.

Johnen
I come from a long line of people who have done community service and cared about the community.
I am a member of Amador County Animal Response Team.
What we do is we set up a shelter in the county when there is a major disaster.
I did go up to the Camp Fire.
It was 18,000 acres in six hours, which is beyond phenomenal.
I did intake and release, and there were some reunifications, which are always really cool.

Joseph Sherrard
She’s doing a service to the community that is very important.
And when we had the fire up here, she was there all night long.
To me, that’s a real dedication.

Johnen
I couldn’t be more amazed with the resiliency of the people of Butte County.
They were incredible.

Meredith
I think that’s wonderful, you know?
Because I love animals too.

Sherrard
She’s just a mountain gal.
She likes her cows and her horses and her mules.
And her students.

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