Ex-track star finds his niche

Bill Ward
Tampa Bay Online

Despite all the success Garrett Johnson has enjoyed as a former athlete at Tampa Baptist and Florida State, stardom in sports, he says, was never his ultimate goal.

"I enjoyed it, had a blast, got to travel,'' said Johnson, who won three state titles in the shot put and discus during high school and was an NCAA champion at Florida State. "But what I was doing in Washington, D.C., and what I'm doing now is what I've always wanted to do."

As a former adviser on the U.S. Senate's Foreign Relations Committee, Johnson said he felt particularly fulfilled because it gave him a chance to have a direct impact on helping people in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake that devastated the Caribbean nation.

But the former Rhodes Scholar went looking for more challenges on a wider scale. It wasn't long after his stint in Washington that Johnson was back in Tampa, trying to build a communication network for his nephew's school in east Tampa.

What Johnson was looking for was a way for teachers to communicate directly and immediately with their students and parents.

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