Johanna grew up in the south east of Sweden. She earned an MA in Secondary Education at Kristianstad University and has done further tertiary studies in Comparative Literature at the University of Gothenburg and through Lulea University, and she has also done a course on Literature for Children and Youth at Mid Sweden University. (Having done two of these university programmes through distance learning, Johanna brings experience and empathy SSST IB Students working remotely!)
After completing her first degree she moved to Sri Lanka for a short while before moving to the UK in 2006. Since that time she has worked as a teacher of Swedish in and around London, with the exception of one summer which she spent teaching Swedish at the European Commission in Brussels.
She has taught at university level at institutions such as Kings College (University of London) and Westminster University. Much of her teaching has been at a range of IB World Schools based in greater London, including ACS International Schools, Cobham, Egham and Hillingdon, Charterhouse, TASIS The American School in England, and through the ILLTC, the Halcyon London International School. She has taught Swedish A, Swedish B, and SSST Swedish A. She has participated in IB Workshop Language B and IB Language and Literature workshops in Ireland and the UK, and has also supervised several Extended Essays during the past 10 years. Topics have included The characterisation of Vampires in Dracula by Bram Stoker and Let the Right one in by John Ajvide Lindqvist; Social criticism in Swedish rap lyrics (Swedish B); Language as a marker of identity in Ett ӧga rӧtt by Jonas Hassen Khemiri and Popular Music from Vitulla by Mikael Niemi, Marriage in 19th century Scandinavian drama. A comparatve analysis of Alfhild Agrell’s Räddad and Henrik Ibsen’s Ett dockhem. Through ILLTC she is supporting students doing IB Swedish A and B.