GIRARD — An advocate for women’s rights and those in poverty, Megan Stoneberger Johnson was recently honored as one of the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Women of Distinction.

Johnson is an English teacher and yearbook advisor at Girard High School.

“I’ve always wanted to be a teacher,” she said. “I believe in the huge impact of quality education for individuals, and to help them rise from the circumstances they were born into.”
Outside of education, Johnson raised awareness for those in need through Women Helping Women: A Fairy Godmother Fund and Southeast Kansas Chapter of the National Organization for Women.

“I feel like I have a passion and duty to do what I can to improve the community and help those around us,” Johnson said.

Her accomplishments include serving as a founding board member of Women Helping Women, which provided almost $40,000 to women in need in Southeast Kansas.

She also served two years as chair of SEK NOW, which focus on six primary issues — including reproductive rights, racial justice and economic justice.

Johnson’s efforts earned her the “Outstanding Contributions on Behalf of Women in Southeast Kansas” Award in 2014.

“I’ve always felt compelled to try to help others and as a result help the women in the community,” she said.

Upon hearing the news about the Women of Distinction honor, Johnson said she was surprised.

“At the ceremony I was so humbled to be included with the other women,” she said. “I’m incredibly flattered and honored to be included with these amazing prestigious women in our community.”

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.