Inside CDCR: Teacher inspires through service to students and community

Inside CDCR: Teacher inspires through service to students and community

Meet Carrie Johnen, an Adult Basic Education teacher at Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP). She’s a firecracker in the classroom, inspiring her students through engaging lessons, humor and enthusiasm.

Her service doesn’t stop at the prison door. Johnen is a member of the Amador County Animal Response team, a group of volunteers who are trained to provide emergency assistance to residents and their domestic animals during major disasters. They also educate the public on disaster preparedness.

In November 2018, Johnen joined volunteers in Butte County during the 153,336-acre Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California’s history. She helped organize intake of animals, including dogs and several farm animals, and helped reunite owners with their pets.

A love of animals and a love of learning combine in Amador County, where Johnen is respected and appreciated by her colleagues, students, and numerous animal owners who are grateful she and other volunteers answered the call in their time of need.

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