Paul Johns has been at The Academy since 2010, and teaches World History, Global Affairs, and Psychology. He hopes that his personal experiences help to bring the subjects alive for his students and serve to enrich and enhance their learning experience.
Johns was born and raised in Reading, Berkshire, England, forty miles west of London. He was educated at the historic Reading School, a school with 885 years of tradition, affectionately referred to by locals as ‘Hogwarts.’ He then studied history and politics at Queen Mary’s College, University of London, and then completed a Master of Education in Secondary Education at the University of Chichester. Johns' first teaching position was at an urban school in South London where he worked as part of team that developed a new, interesting, and varied history curriculum covering a wide range of domestic and global topics. His team's achievements in turning the school around were recognized by the UK Department for Education and in 2002 they were awarded the prestigious ‘Schools Achievement Award.’
After several years in London, Johns fulfilled his long-held dream of living and working in Japan, teaching World History and ESL at Mitoya High School in a small town just outside of Hiroshima for three years. During this time, he also wrote articles for as well as edited an English language magazine. Subsequently, he moved to Egypt to head the History Department at El Alsson International School in Cairo, where from his classroom window he could see the Great Pyramids of Giza! Upon completion of his third year in Cairo, Johns and his wife returned to her hometown of Chicago, at which point he taught as a substitute teacher at Seton Academy in South Holland, Illinois.
Outside of the classroom Johns is passionate about soccer–coaching, playing, refereeing, watching, and writing about it regularly, as well as attending major championship games around the world.