I am in Bentonville, AR, home of the original Walmart store and still home to the families of the founders and the world wide headquarters of the giant retailer. The next three days the local high school will host the Class 6A state girls’ volleyball tournament.
In 2003, Joshua-Johnson National Guard unit was called up to active duty and sent to Iraq. "It was a surprise," the coach remembers. "They tell you to go, you go. I spent a year over there as a combat medic. When I came back, I went back to my first grade classroom."
In 2004, Joshua-Johnson was asked by her former high school volleyball coach to take over the program at Ridgeroad Middle School. "I became a career orientation teacher there for the 8th graders and I also started coaching volleyball, basketball and track. We had some very successful volleyball teams."
In 2014, the volleyball job at NLR high school opened. Joshua-Johnson applied and was hired "I took over the volleyball program here at the High School" she states. "I now teach two classes as an English as a Second Language teacher.”
Now, with 20 years of teaching experience, Joshua-Johnson has along the way picked up a Masters Degree in Middle School Education and an endorsement certification for bi-lingual education.
|Setting up the kill|
|The Little Rock 9|
|1957 LRC National Champions|
|Little Rock Central High School|
For the next 20 years the two schools were bitter rivals. In 1990, due to lowered enrollment and financial difficulties, the School Board voted to consolidate the two high schools into one. The former Northeast Chargers and the Ole Main Wildcats became the hybrid North Little Rock Charging Wildcats.
Senior Kaylan Armstrong quickly agrees. “Not much at all, for sure. But I need that, in Junior High I was the bad kid. When Coach got a hold of me, she gave me a reason to straighten up, volleyball and (membership) to this team. In junior high, to fit in with my group, I had to be a bad student, always in trouble. Now, I do what is right. I want to be a dentist and to play volleyball I can’t be in trouble and have to keep my grades up.”
|Battle at the net|
|In game instruction|