Our Staff


JoEllen Johnson, Director

Hello.  My name is Jo Ellen Johnson and I am happy to be the director here at Riverside Education Center.  I have lived in Ohio most of my life and hope to be here until I retire! I have been in the Early Childhood Education field for 17 years. I started teaching so I could take my children to work with me. Personally I have two children: Emillee, 18, and Braden, 22. My son is in the Army National Guard so I am a super proud Army mom!! I have been married to my wonderful husband, Brian for 12 years and we have one little doggie child, Berkley.

I hold an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and currently completing my Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education.  I have dedicated my life to the care and education of children. I believe that all children need a solid foundation in the early years to ensure success when they enter Kindergarten


Ms. Negar

My name is Negar and I am from the Middle East. It is very different from this country. I immigrated to the United States to have better opportunities for me and my family.  I have been in Columbus for four years. I am going to college and working toward an Associate's degree in Accounting. I have been working at Riverside Education Center for five months. It has been an amazing experience with some lovely children. I love to take care of the children and give them love an attention while they are in my classroom. I aim to always be positive and come to work with a smile on my face... and lots of energy. I look forward to continuing to work with the children and meet new families!