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Featured Alumni Profile (January 2016)
Alumna of the month, Annie Laura Johnson
Lane Lady Annie Laura Johnson, a member of the Class of 1959, is our Alumna of the Month of January. She is a native of Jackson, TN. After receiving her BA from Lane College, she received her MA degree from Tennessee State University.
Ms. Johnson was an educator for many years. She taught in the New Madrid, MO School System and the Francis Howell School System in St. Charles, MO. After retiring from Francis Howell, she relocated to Jackson, TN and taught in the Jackson-Madison County School System.
When I asked Ms Johnson her fondest memories of Lane College, she replied "I loved the Drama Club; I was a star participant in the play "Our Town." While at Lane College, she also became a member of Sigma Gamma Rho, Alpha Gamma Chapter.
Ms. Johnson has chaired the Lane College Alumni-Jackson Chapter Scholarship Banquet for the last seven years and has held the scholarship chair position for many years. You can always find her assisting the Homecoming Committee in every capacity needed.
When talking to Ms. A. Laura, she could not wait to share some of her thoughts and philosophies. She closed by saying "it is my belief that no matter how high one is ranked in their high school class, it is evident that higher education is of fundamental importance in order to be successful in life. Junior college, four-year college and trade school are all important. A majority of the time, a high school diploma is just not good enough in today’s world. Unfortunately, there are some who do not realize what impact the lack of higher education can have on our youth. It is my responsibility to seek those in need and do whatever I can to help them to achieve the highest degree of education. I find it unthinkable to not invest in our youth. I will always be grateful for Lane College for making it possible for me to be able to help others."
Ms. Johnson holds memberships in the Missouri Retired Teachers Association, Missouri National Education Association-Retired Life Member, Tennessee Retired Teachers Association, Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity (among the first group of women to be accepted)-Life Member, NAACP-Diamond Life Member, Lane College Alumni Association-Jackson Chapter, and the Lane College National Alumni Association-Life Member.
I take pride in knowing that Ms. Johnson loves Lane College and our students. You can find her on the campus at any given day or time. Ms. Johnson is always first in line to present our students with travel scholarships in order that they may return home at the end of the semester. She is a bold and proud member of the President’s Circle of Investors.
Ms. A. Laura is a proud member of Lane Tabernacle CME Church in Jackson, TN and is very active on the local, district, and regional levels of Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.
We salute Lane Lady Johnson.