November 2020 – Graduate

Abigail Johnson November 2020 Graduate SOTM


El Mirage, Arizona
Navajo Nation

Kansas State University
Teaching (Elementary Education)

GPA: 4.0

Community Service

  • 2020:
    • New View BLM (Community Cleanup Volunteer): August 2020
    • City of Mesa (MLK Parade Staff Volunteer): January 2020
    • Fresh Food Collab (Food Distributor): May 2020
    • Native American Student Organization (Member): August 2020-Present
    • KNEA Aspiring Educators (Member): August 2020-Present
  • 2019:
    • Native Health (Community Gardener and Educator): January 2019
  • 2018:
    • Native Health (Community Gardener): January 2018-April 2018
    • World Ocean Conservancy (Data Collector): September 2018-November 2018
    • Night at the Open Door (ASU Volunteer staff): January 2018
  • 2017:
    • AVID (Advanced Via Individual Determination) (Education Program Speaker): February 2017
    • Salt River Schools (Community Event Support Volunteer Staff): March 2017
    • Central Arizona Chapter for the American Meteorological Society (Member): August 2017-May 2019
  • 2016:
    • Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market (Data Collector and Guide): March 2016
    • Arizona State University Native American Fashion Show (Volunteer Staff): November 2016
    • Feed My Starving Children (Food Packer): January 2016-April 2016
    • Arizona State University (AISSS Tour + Volunteer Staff): January 2016
  • 2015:
    • Children’s Ministry Teacher: October 2014-May 2015
    • Saint Mary’s Food Bank (National Honor Society): January 2015-March 2015
    • Fiesta Bowl Parade and Block Party (Volunteer Staff): December 2014-January 2015


Short Bio

Abigail Johnson is from El Mirage, Arizona and is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. She is from the Deeshchii’nii (Start of the Red Streak People), Bit’ahnii (Within His Cover Clan), Kiyaa’aanii (The Towering House Clan), and Ashiihi (Salt People) clans. She received her Bachelor of Science in Geography degree at Arizona State University with honors distinction.

While working on her undergraduate degree, she worked at the Salt River Pima–Maricopa Indian Community as a tutor for elementary students in an after-school program. Growing up, she spent her summers volunteering on the Southern Ute Reservation to strengthen student’s literacy and writing skills. She was also a Children’s Ministry Teacher at a local church which grew her passion for teaching elementary aged students and is one of the reasons why she decided to pursue a Masters degree in Elementary Education at Kansas State University. Abigail’s professional goals include providing students culturally responsive teaching in STEM and improving literacy rates amongst Native American children. She is currently a 5th grade student teacher at Norman Public Schools on Kikkaapoi (Kickapoo) lands. She graduates in the Spring of 2021 and is excited to implement her educational teachings into her career.

Besides education and teaching, Abigail enjoys gardening, baking and reading. She volunteered at the World Ocean Conservancy in the West Indies. This entailed collecting and analyzing ocean waste data to address climate health. She also enjoys volunteering at the non-profit organization Native Health. Native health addresses food sovereignty by growing crops that nourish Native American families in Phoenix, Arizona. Someday, Abigail hopes to lead a community garden at her future school. Abigail’s love for children’s literature aspires her to write a children’s book someday.