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Tally Johnson BA, M.Ed.

English Teacher/Writer



Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum, summa cum laude,  Harvard University
Bachelor of Arts in English, magna cum laude, Georgia State University
Concentration in Literature, minor in Folklore
Gifted In-Field Teacher Certification, Georgia
English Teacher Certification, Grades 6-12    
Level 1 Facilitator, SEE Learning, Emory University’s Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics


Tally Johnson graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University with a Master of Education degree specializing in Teaching and Curriculum. Her undergraduate degree from Georgia State University is in Literature, where she was in the Honors Program, Golden Key National Honor Society, and Dean's List, also earning the Dean's Scholarship Key. She earned teaching certificates from Massachusetts and Georgia, as well as certifications to teach gifted education. Tally is a certified Level 1 Facilitator for the SEE Learning program through Emory University’s Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics. This program in Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning is a collaboration between Emory University and the Dalai Lama. 


Tally began her career in education with the Peace Corps in Mongolia, where she spent two years teaching English and working in community development. After teaching 10 -18 year olds and monks at the local monastery, she returned to Atlanta to work with newly-arrived refugees for two years. Tally has been an educator for nearly two decades, teaching at the Paideia School in Atlanta, where she has been for the last eight years. For ten years before that, Tally taught in Fulton County Schools, primarily at Roswell High School, and beginning at Northview High School. She has taught independent courses from time to time, including a summer Voice and Narrative Camp for adolescents who identified as female. Her experiences have also included teaching a class at Independence Night School and teaching adult ESL classes through Gwinnett Tech, both in the classroom and on-site at companies, as well as working as an aide for special education students in an elementary school. 


Tally has facilitated and participated in discussion groups around ethics, as well as around diversity, self-awareness, equity, and inclusion. She is passionate about continuing to learn, challenge herself, and meet the changing needs of the students in front of her.

Personal Interest

Tally is an avid reader and enjoys hiking, camping, yoga, and meditation. She loves spending time with friends and with her husband, two children, and two cats. Tally loves devouring good stories, and she enjoys everything from books to movies to a well-crafted tv show, to concerts, musicals, and plays, and she recently saw her first opera.

Why Tally is excited about being on the All Minds Academy team

I am passionate about empowering all students and helping them find their voice, through any medium they choose.

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