Maggie Wade Johnston

McDowell Director of Educational Programming


Maggie Johnston is the Director of Educational Programming at Camp McDowell. She taught junior high science at the Alabama School for the Deaf. Maggie retired about 13 years ago and came to McDowell as Director of McDowell Environmental Center, which is the largest residential environmental center in the Southeast. She helped to start McDowell Farm School, the first residential Farm School in the southeast. After only five years, MFS is very successful teaching students not only where their food comes from, but also helping them understand the earth's complicated systems through project based learning. Maggie has recently founded McDowell's new "baby", Magnolia Nature School at Camp McDowell, the first nature based preschool in Alabama.

Maggie founded Krik? Krak! organization to work in Haiti about seven years ago. Krik? Krak! provides school lunches for a mountain school in Crochu area and has built many latrines and cisterns in that area, and was a part of the Alabama Episcopal Diocese ministry there for six years. She is happy to serve on the CEI board and help to create even more opportunities and partnerships in Haiti.


CEI’s Haitian and American leaders have been working together for over 25 years.

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