I believe in two mantras: “Be the Difference” and “Cura Personalis.” These two beliefs, one challenging students to maximize their capabilities both in their lives and their communities and the other focusing on care for the whole person, are the guiding lights to how I approach teaching and my classroom environments.

This is the bedrock to my designing of curriculum for the classes I have taught. This page offers a jumping-off point for my reflections, evaluations, and sharing of the curriculum I’ve created and courses I’ve taught in my time in the collegiate setting. I’ve also taught a number of courses at the high school level and those materials can be provided upon request.


Instructor of Record

COMM 3900 • Ethical Problems in Mass Communication • Spring 2020, Fall 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016 • Marquette University

JOUR 4997 • Journalism Capstone: Magazine with a Mission • Spring 2020 • Marquette University

JOUR 4510 • Magazine Design and Production • Spring 2018 • Marquette University

JOUR 1100 • Digital Journalism 1 • Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013 • Marquette University

ADPR 2200 • Media Writing • Spring 2014 • Marquette University

Teaching Assistant

JMC 2600 • Freedom of Expression • Spring 2022 • The University of Iowa

JMC 2010 • Journalistic Reporting and Writing • Fall 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2020 • The University of Iowa

COMM 2100 • Visual Communication • Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011 • Marquette University

Courses Taught at Community High School District 117
  • Print and Digital Journalism (Developed from proposal to execution)
  • Introduction to Print and Digital Journalism (Developed from proposal to execution)
  • Sports Media (Developed from proposal to execution)
  • Broadcast Journalism (Developed from proposal to execution)
  • English 4: Composition (semester required course) (Developed from proposal to execution)
  • English 4: Villains and Literature (semester required course) (Developed from proposal to execution)
  • English IV (Full year required course) *this course was replaced by E4: Composition and E4: Literature
  • English II (Full year required course)
  • English I (Full year required course)
Teaching Materials
  • Johnson, P. R. (2012) Digital journalism: Curriculum for instruction—Introductory digital journalism curriculum for classroom implementation and instructional use at the high school or introductory collegiate level.
  • Johnson, P. (2012) Empty Cradles: A curriculum for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Award-Winning series on infant mortality.

2020    Most Inspirational Teacher, Antioch Community High School

2018    Most Inspirational Teacher, Antioch Community High School

2017    Most Inspirational Teacher, Antioch Community High School

2016    Distinguished National Journalism Teacher of the Year, Dow Jones News Fund

2016    Most Inspirational Teacher, Antioch Community High School

2016    Award for Teaching Excellence, Illinois State Legislature

2015    National Rising Star of Journalism Education, Journalism Education Association

2015    Nancy Becker Newspaper Adviser of the Year, Kettle Moraine Press Association

2014    Most Inspirational Teacher, Antioch Community High School

2012    Future Journalism Teacher of the Year, Journalism Education Association

Professional Development

Poynter Institute, Teachapolooza • July 4-5, 2021
Teachapalooza is the place for college journalism educators to catch up, power up and reignite their passion for teaching. A successful virtual gathering in 2020 gave more educators the opportunity to attend, allowed for more guest instructors to tune in and share their wisdom, and provided a unique focus on the art of online teaching

CIRTL Teaching Program
CIRTL was established in 2003 with support from the National Science Foundation. It’s mission is to enhance excellence in undergraduate education through the development of a national faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse learners as part of successful and varied professional careers.  The UI is among 38 current member institutions throughout the US and Canada.  CIRTL at UI is open to graduate students and post-docs from any academic discipline who want to improve their teaching, promote inclusive teaching, assess student progress, and use their research skills to advance their teaching practice.
Associate-Level Certificate• Fall 2020
Practitioner-Level Certificate• in progress

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