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Getting to know...Jenny Johnson

Assistant accounting and finance professor Jenny Johnson became part of the Wofford family last fall after her husband, an accountant, transferred from the Charlotte office of PricewaterhouseCoopers to Spartanburg. An accountant herself, Johnson had learned to count on the many conveniences in the Queen City.

jennyj200“I must admit that when he told me, I cried,” she says. “We had a good life in Charlotte. I loved my job. But I also wanted to teach, and it was just blind luck and good timing that I got a teaching job here at Wofford. And I tell you what, I don’t miss the Charlotte traffic. My stress level has decreased significantly. My husband is off the hook. It worked out best for everybody.”

“Everybody” is quite a large group, actually. There is Johnson and her husband, their two young daughters (one is three, the other almost a year old), and four, yes four, dogs in the house.

• There are two pugs, whom Johnson compares to cats. “Our vet told us that they’re like ornaments. They’re there to look at, but they’re not going to do what you want them to do.”
• An English bulldog, whom she compares to the donkey Eeyore. “You can kind of hear her walking around, doop-de-doop-de-doop.”
• A sheepdog. “She’s a herder. She keeps all the smaller dogs AND the kids in line. She flips the hair back off her eyes and watches over them.”

“The best part is that none of them have tails,” says Johnson. “That was smart on our part. The kids can’t pull on them and fewer things get broken from them wagging.”

The six pack of children, human and canine, keeps Johnson pretty busy, as one might imagine. There really isn’t much time for hobbies or other passions.

“I wish I could say something scholarly here or exciting, but taking care of my kids and dogs takes up most of my time,” she says. “My husband and I have a new house, two new jobs, four dogs and two kids. Neither child sleeps through the night. We’re basically in survival mode.”

Speaking of survivors, one of Johnson’s guilty pleasures is reality television.

“In my wildest dreams I believe I could compete on American Idol,” she says. “I find it interesting how people act when they know they’re being filmed.”

When not watching reality TV she is most likely catching Dora the Explorer and the Imagination Movers (the heir apparents to The Wiggles).

Her other guilty pleasure is one that suits everyone else in the household just fine…ice cream.

“My father worked for a dairy,” she explains. “We had a special freezer designated just for ice cream. That has carried over into my adult life.”

Her adult life consists mainly of family and teaching. The latter took an interesting twist last fall when many of the students in her class took on her alma mater, Appalachian State, on the gridiron.

“It was interesting because I had a lot of football players in my classes last semester,” she says. “After years of being an ASU fan I always thought that I would remain diehard ASU. But the night that game was on TV, I was watching it and before I knew it I was jumping off the couch screaming for Wofford. I almost shocked myself. I was like ‘What just happened?’

“When you see your students on TV and you see how hard they’re trying, you can’t help but cheer for them. But I still cheer for ASU when they aren’t playing Wofford.”