Who am I?

I'm raising the voices of families of color. It's time for Ward 8 to receive equitable funding and resources to ensure all children have access to a high-quality education

LaJoy E-Signature

About LaJoy: 

  • Ward 8 Education Council Parent Member 
  • Ward 8 Democrats: Issues + Legislative Affairs Committee Co-Chair
  • DC’s Thrive-By-Five Coordinating Council Parent Member 
  • Appletree Early Learning Public Charter School former board member
  • Parents Amplifying Voices in Education (PAVE) board member 
  • University of Phoenix DMV Alumni Association Chapter President
  • Rocketship Public Charter School parent leader
  • Master’s in Public Administration

LaJoy Johnson-Law is a Ward 8 resident with a beautiful 9-year old daughter—Abria. Abria is a child with a disability who attends Rocketship Legacy Academy Public Charter School. LaJoy is heavily involved in the education landscape in D.C. for nearly the last decade, previously serving as a Board Member at AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School.

 

She currently serves as President of the University of Phoenix DMV Alumni Chapter Association and serves as the Ward 8  parent member on the Thrive by Five Coordinating Council. LaJoy, also is a parent  member of the Ward 8 Education Council and serves as a board member at Parents Amplifying Voices in Education.  LaJoy is also a parent leader at Rocketship Public Charter School, where Abria is enrolled in the 4rd Grade. She is constantly inspired by her daughter, who was born extremely premature at 23 weeks and 1 pound 6 ounces. LaJoy believes that just like her daughter is a miracle, all of our children are miracles and deserve high quality education so they can thrive. 

 

Motivated by her advocacy for Abria and other children like her, she has also briefly served as a classroom paraprofessional at St. Coletta Special Education Public Charter School and previously interned at the Mayor’s Office on Returning Citizen Affairs (MORCA). Currently, LaJoy is the parent support specialist at Advocates for Justice and Education (AJE) to continue her advocacy efforts for families who have children with disabilities. LaJoy holds an Associate’s Degree in Elementary Education, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Phoenix.

 

...both lived

...and accomplished!

  • Single parent of a public school-age child with disabilities
  • Board of Directors, Parents Amplifying Voices in Education
  • Parent Member, Ward 8 Council on Education
  • Parent Support Specialist, Advocates for Justice and Education
  • Co-Chair, Issues and Legislative Affairs, Ward 8 Democrats
  • City wide advocate on education issues that has been recognized by the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, WAMU, The Washington Informer and Washington Family magazine
  • Has testified before the DC City Council, State Board of Education and Deputy Mayors of Education on special education, at-risk funding, and school-based mental health policies
  • Nearly a decade of experience in disability, education, and health advocacy that directly impacts DC public school students and families
  • Presented a petition on reopening schools in DC post COVID-19 that was signed by over 70 community members to the Mayor, DC Council, OSSE, DCPS, PCSB and other education advocates