My father, David Johnson, was born in San Antonio and graduated from Lee High School in 1972. My mother, Kathy Johnson, grew up in the San Antonio area and graduated from Incarnate Word High School in 1974. Both of my parents pursued and obtained degrees at Our Lady of the Lake University, also in San Antonio. My father went on to become a school teacher, recently finishing his career at El Dorado Elementary School in the North East Independent School District. My mother worked her way up from the secretarial pool to become a Senior Vice President at Frost Bank, where she works today.
I grew up in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of San Antonio near the corner of Blanco and Hildebrand. My parents were active members of the Beacon Hill Neighborhood Association. One of my earliest memories is watching my father chair meetings as president of the Association at the Beacon Hill Presbyterian Church hall. I attended Agnes Cotton Elementary School on Blanco Road and later St. John the Evangelist School on San Pedro Avenue. I graduated from Edison High School as Valedictorian in 1994. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Music Studies and my teacher training from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999. After six years of teaching in the San Antonio Independent School District, I entered St. Mary’s School of Law in 2005 and graduated at the top of my class in 2008.
Over the past several years of legal practice as an Energy Attorney, I have helped to grow a successful small business that employs 7 people. As I have done so, my thoughts have turned increasingly towards public service. I have worked as an instructor at the University of Texas at Austin and at St. Mary’s School of law introducing students to the American legal system. As an active member to the State Bar of Texas Committee on Pattern Jury Charges, I assisted with the publication of the first pattern jury charges for energy law issues. I am also an active member of the Alumni Board of St. Mary’s School of Law.
Near the end of my studies in Austin, I met Debra Lynne Mandel, who changed my life forever when she agreed to marry me in 1998. Our daughter Aurora now attends the ETA Magnet School at Roosevelt High School and our daughter Isabelle attends the KSAT Magnet School at Krueger Middle School. Debra is now a teacher of English at Lee High School in the North East Independent School District.