Founder & Organizer

photo: South Bend Tribune – Robert Franklin


A husband of twenty-two years and a father of an IU sophomore, Eric Johnson heads the Technology Department for the School City of Mishawaka Public School District. As a writer and blogger, his focus is on “the good”, sharing classroom tested instructional practices and innovative technology that enhances student learning. Eric frequently presents Ed-Tech tools and solutions to educator groups and conferences around and outside of Indiana. An advocate of social media to discover, share, and collaborate with innovative colleagues from around the world.

Named a TED-Ed Innovative Educator in 2015 as part of a 28 member international cohort of Educational Leaders collaborating and contributing to the TED-Ed mission. Eric’s TEDx talk was featured at TEDxYouthBHS.

Founder of the non-profit, an organization that promotes kindness and help students make the connection between the choices they make and the world they leave behind by asking “How do you want to be remembered?” Erase Meanness’ online and community-based events have reached over 120,000 participants in 48 states, 6 Canadian Provinces, and over 20 countries.‘s 2017 fall events include:

  • “Worldwide Erase Meanness Pledge Day” (9/19)
  • Community-wide screening of “UNREST” (10/26)

Founder and organizer of, the largest youth poetry festival in the Greater South Bend area. is part of Young Chicago Authors “Louder Than A Bomb” Organizer Network, a dedicated group of individuals that seek to amplify student voice, force change, and encourage stage shaking performances of spoken word poetry.

He also wears socks with his sandals. Find him on Twitter @YourKidsTeacher


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