Meet Sherronda Johnson '82

Meet Sherronda Johnson ’82, Admission Coordinator and North Campus Registrar. Sherronda first came to St. Mary's as a student in 7th grade. After graduating in 1982, she obtained a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University. 

Sherronda returned to St. Mary's in 2005. As part of the Admission team, she helps manage the admission and enrollment process for new and current families. She also helps create schedules and issue report cards to our North Campus families. Learn more about Sherronda.

What is your favorite St. Mary’s memory?
My favorite memory comes from the time of Hurricane Katrina. So many people were fleeing for their lives from New Orleans, and some landed in Memphis. St. Mary’s opened their doors to students from similar schools that year. We met a number of wonderful families who were grateful for the consistency of education for their daughters.

One of my favorite parts of my job is managing a textbook-lending library. We started it in 2016 to help expand the use of financial aid dollars. That year we provided books to 10 families. Today, we consistently support nearly 90 families, and, in some cases, we’ve provided classroom sets for some subjects.

What are some of your favorite places?
You’ll find me searching out new restaurants, usually black-owned, BIPOC-owned, woman-owned, and locally-owned—in that order. When I need inspiration, I head to the Brooks Museum. When I need rejuvenation, I go to my spiritual home, Hope Church, and the massage table at Celestial Touch!

What do you like to do?
I spend a LOT of time in community theatre, mainly as a stage manager and I’m beginning to direct. I’ve been a stage manager for nearly 40 years. You’ll find me working at Hattiloo Theatre or some of the smaller independent companies. My remaining time is spent working as a teaching artist with the Orpheum Theatre Group Education division. I’m one of the teachers for their Technical Design camp this summer. I will also be an instructor for Legally Blonde JR. Camp this summer at St. Mary's.

Currently, I’m working with the In[HEIR]itance Project, a national arts nonprofit, on an original play called Exodus: Recreation. I have been working with a group of elders in the Orange Mound community to craft their personal stories for their piece, Blessings through the Ups & Downs, which is part of a multi-generational storytelling project presented by the Orpheum, Storyfest. This summer, I will direct Sistas: The Musical at Hatiloo Theater.

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