Kitty Johnson was a teacher from 1971 until her retirement in 2011, mostly at Shelton State Community College. She received a Master’s in English and a Master’s of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing at the University of Alabama. Kitty became an English Instructor at Shelton State Community College in 1980, until she had a life-changing revelation in 1985: she wanted to pursue a degree in art.
She started taking art classes at Shelton while she taught English full-time. In 1994, she transferred to the University of Alabama to work on an equivalency of a B.F.A. in visual arts, and in 1999, she began graduate school at Alabama in photography. After 20 years of taking one course a semester, she received her Master’s in Art in photography in 2005. She and her husband Glen (now a retired librarian) moved to Greensboro in 2002 and are restoring an antebellum home on Main Street. They have one daughter, Susie Johnson-Krause, who is employed by Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York.