Brian Johnson

High School Humanities Teacher


Brian joins the UMA community as a high school humanities teacher for the 2019-2020 school year, which is also his tenth year of teaching. After graduating with a degree in secondary social studies education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009, Brian taught at a large public high school in Janesville, WI. Two years later, he moved to southern Appalachia and spent six years working for Trails Carolina, a wilderness therapy company in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. There, he worked in close partnership with mental health professionals to help teens in crisis, and their families, increase their resilience to challenging situations. 

As much as he enjoyed his experience in Appalachia, the Midwest has always been Brian’s home, so he and his husband moved to Minneapolis in 2017 to be closer to family and play in the snow. Before finding UMA, he spent two years teaching middle school social studies at a Minneapolis charter school. For Brian, the most exciting thing about joining UMA is the opportunity to teach in an environment that encourages and expects innovative education practices like project-based, experiential, and service learning.

Brian generally enjoys being active outside and learning from his mistakes during any number of DIY home projects.