COE: Amy Johnston
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Dr. Johnston spent 32 years in the field of education and earned Master’s Degrees in Educational Administration and Counseling and an Ed.D in Character Education and Democratic School Governance from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She taught high school, served as a middle school counselor, and spent 17 years in administration. After she retired from public education, she spent a year as an interim principal at a private K-8 school    

 She spent a year with Dr. Marvin Berkowitz in his Leadership Academy in Character Education, and the knowledge gained there helped transform her school.  In 2008 Francis Howell Middle was named a National School of Character by 

She has shared the FHMS Character Education Journey as an invited speaker at Tom Lickona’s Character Education Conference (CEC) in New York, the CHARACTERplus Conference in St. Louis, the CEC in Wisconsin, the National CEP Forum in Houston, the District 20 CEC in Colorado Springs, the AME Conference at Harvard University and she has worked with school leaders in China. 

She was honored when named the St. Louis Area Middle School Principal of the Year and the UMSL Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Character Education and Excellence in Educational Leadership.  She currently does consulting work and teaches at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.