Helen Ikerd Johnson is a retired school teacher. She taught in private, parochial, and public schools for thirty-five years. Her book Up Hill Both Ways: the Truths, Lies, and Tall Tales We Tell About School was released March, 2019 by Amphorae Publishers. A short article version of Up Hill Both Ways, was published by Rootstalk, a Prairie Journal of Culture, Science, and the Art, 2016. Mrs. Johnson holds a Master of Education degree in Behavioral and Emotional Disorders and an Education Specialist degree in Elementary Administration.