PAAT Fellowship 2020
Fari Ghamina Tumpe (Gladys Mathis)
LaJoy Johnson-Law is a Ward 8 resident with a beautiful 9 year old daughter – Abria. Abria is a child with a disability who attends Rocketship Legacy Academy Public Charter School. LaJoy is heavily involved in the education landscape in D.C. for nearly the last decade, previously serving as a Board Member at AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School. She currently serves as President of the University of Phoenix DMV Alumni Chapter Association and serves as the Ward 8 Parent Member on the Thrive by Five Coordinating Council. She is constantly inspired by her daughter, who was born extremely premature at 23 weeks and one pound, six ounces. LaJoy believes that, just like her daughter is a miracle, all of our children are miracles and deserve high-quality education so they can thrive. Motivated by her advocacy for Abria and other children like her, she has also briefly served as a classroom paraprofessional at St. Coletta Special Education Public Charter School and previously interned at the Mayor’s Office on Returning Citizen Affairs (MORCA). Currently, LaJoy is the parent support specialist at Advocates for Justice and Education (AJE) to continue her advocacy efforts for families who have children with disabilities. LaJoy has an Associate’s Degree in Elementary Education, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Phoenix.