Getting to Know Our Board – Laurel Johnson


My name is Laurel Johnson, and I have been a GiGi’s Playhouse Board Member since 2013. I grew up in Moline, Illinois with my parents and younger sister. I attended Illinois State University where I received my degree in Special Education. I am currently teaching special education at my old stomping ground, Moline High School. My most exciting adventure right now is being a new mom! Bryce and I are blessed to be the new parents of our son, Chase!

My journey at the Playhouse began in 2011 when I started volunteering to earn credit for a class. Little did I know it would be the start of something that would change my life forever! After graduating college, I spent a year teaching middle school while still volunteering  and becoming more involved at the Playhouse as Math Coordinator. After a short time, I decided I was not satisfied in the classroom and wanted to do something more! Lucky for me, the Playhouse had an opening for a Program Manager. In May of 2014 I became a member of the GiGi’s family full time. My favorite part of the job was working with the families and spreading awareness throughout our community. I also loved attending Friday Friends every other Friday and getting to hang out with the young adults. Although my time in this position only lasted until November, it is a job that filled me with joy, pride, and compassion every single day. That is something I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I look forward to continuing my role on the board and helping  the Playhouse grow.

Recent Posts

Summer FUN making SMILES happen!

GiGi's Playhouse Quad Cities will benefit from several summer events but we need your help! Many volunteers spot available. Grab a friend and have some...

45+ Superhero Teams & Fun Facts Too!

Our GiGiFIT Acceptance Challenge - Superhero 5K Run, 1 Mile Walk, and Kids Dash taking place on June 3, 2023 is less than 3 weeks...

What does OT have to do with it?

Eight occupational therapy (OT) students from St. Ambrose University had the opportunity to work with participants of GiGi’s Kitchen for 6 weeks. It was hosted...

Leave a Comment