Michelle Johnson

Running Start Lead Advisor

Michelle Johnson
Email mdjohnson@tacomacc.edu
OfficeBldg. 7 Rm: 144
Dept.Dual Enrollment: Running Start/Fresh Start


Gender / Gender-Neutral Pronouns

Post-Secondary Degree 
Masters of Higher Education from CWU, Bachelor of Arts in Education from WWU

Advisor Headline
Be afraid, and do it anyway

About me
My first experience with college started at 16 in Running Start, and I loved college so much that I never really wanted to leave. After receiving my AA in Running Start at Highline Community College, I transferred to Western Washington University where I majored in Sociology and received my Washington State Teaching License. I taught in K-12 for a few years, but never lost my love of higher education. I decided to leave teaching and became the Running Start Program Coordinator at Highline College. During that time, I received my Masters of Higher Education. That lead me here, to TCC as a Running Start Advisor.

What do you enjoy most about academic advising?
My Running Start students! They never fail to surprise, entertain, and amaze me. 

What makes TCC Special? (Why TCC?)
The people and community.

One thing about TCC you should know
We're here to help. Reach out and we'll be there!

Most memorable course or experience in college. What made it memorable for you?
First, I wanted to be a vet. Then, I wanted to be a teacher. Then I didn't know what I wanted to be. It all lead me to where I am today, and I couldn't possibly be more thankful for all of those failed dreams. 

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