Over the last decade, Ambrosia Johnson has been fearless in the pursuit of ensuring all children receive a high-quality educational experience. In 2018, Ambrosia founded an elementary charter school, Ivy Hill Prep, from the ground up in her home neighborhood of East Flatbush in Brooklyn, NY. Though founded amidst a global pandemic, Ivy Hill was recognized by the New York State Education Department for the school's incredible academic success. Despite being 100% remote, 85% of students were promoted either on or above grade level in both literacy and math.
Prior to founding Ivy Hill Prep, Ambrosia began her career as an inner-city teacher in Newark, NJ. While in the classroom, Ambrosia mastered the balance of warmth and rigor that resulted in unprecedented test scores, consistently ranking in the top 3% of her network. After leading her students to admirably high academic results, Ms. Johnson shared her knowledge as she served as an Instructional Coach and Adjunct Professor. In these coaching and advisory roles, she equipped other educators, both in district and charter schools, with the tools necessary to create learning environments that were academically rigorous, structured, joyful, and results oriented.
Ambrosia received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Education from Bryn Mawr College and a Masters in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education. Ms. Johnson’s teaching, leadership, and commitment to improving public education have earned her several honors including Teacher of the Year and the Alumni Teacher of the Year Award from Relay Graduate School of Education in 2019. She is a Building Excellent Schools Fellow alumna, a Community Council Member for the Make- a-Wish Foundation, and was appointed by Mayor Eric Adams to serve as a Board of Trustee for Community Board 17.