SMITHFIELD - Teresa Johnson
has always wanted to teach, but she
had to take a few detours before realizing her
Johnson, of Surry, worked for 12 years as a secretary and another seven years in human resources/purchasing before the Smithfield branch of Paul D. Camp Community College helped her get back on track.
was my foundation," she
is one of many Hampton Roads residents who have taken advantage of area community colleges in preparing for a possible second career.
Johnson took courses in business administration, parlaying the credits earned at Smithfield to transfer to Saint Paul's College in Lawrenceville to earn a Bachelor of Science in business administration in 2006.
From there, she earned a master's in business management from Cambridge College in Chesapeake the next year.
Johnson now teaches business and information technology and is a cooperative education coordinator at Surry County Public Schools.
"I've enjoyed every minute of it," she
said, "gives me a sense of giving back.
even taught as an adjunct professor at the community college's Smithfield branch.
"I just enjoyed coming here," she
"Coming here put my foot in the door."