Baristanet Profile: Kendra Johnson

Name: Kendra Johnson

Where do you live? Upper Montclair

When did you move there? August 2018

Where did you grow up? I was born in Philadelphia (Fly Eagles Fly) and lived there until High School. I finished HS between Virginia Beach, VA and West Hartford, CT.

How do you make a living? OR What is your everyday passion? 

For the past few years I have stayed home with my two kiddos. During my son’s time in Universal Pre-K I took an interest in how I could support all schools in our community. Moving to Montclair, I was introduced to education foundations. I met Masiel Rodriquez-Vars the executive director of Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE) at my first PTA meeting. After hearing her speak about the educational conferences, grants, screenings and special activities that MFEE provides to all of the public schools in Montclair,  I immediately ran up to her and asked how I could help. She put me right to work.

Right now I am working on sponsorship and ads for MFEE’s Amazing FundRACER 3.0. The race is a mini version of the competition show Amazing Race. Competitors race around Montclair on bikes and by foot to challenge stations where they will have to complete challenges in order to advance to the next round. It will all end with an after party.  The funds raised will be used in support of all the students in Montclair’s public school system.

There is still plenty of time to make a race team, support a race team, volunteer, or sponsor the event. The race will be held on September 15th!

Coffee, tea or … ? Williams-Sonoma hot chocolate. I am the first to arrive at the store when it drops after Halloween.

What’s your idea of a perfect weekend day? Sleep in until 7:30, have a hot breakfast, get out the door by 10 and do something fun with my whole family. Come back home and throw everything that can be grilled on the grill. Family movie time and then once the kids go to bed, a glass of wine on the porch or deck with my husband.

What’s your favorite local restaurant? I find myself at MishMish very often.

What’s on your nightstand? A picture of me feeding wedding cake to my husband, My September issue of Vogue with Beyonce on the cover, my ELLE magazine with Michelle Obama on the cover, my IPad, and my Google Home.

What are you listening to? I take time to listen to The Daily Podcast everyday.

What are your current indulgences? I drive to the new CAVA in Wayne town center twice a week and I always get a double portion of the lamb meatballs. I hope this wears off soon.

What talent you would most like to have? I wish I could sing.

What’s the worst-kept (or best-kept!) secret about Montclair (or your town)? 

For me, my quality of life in raising our family has improved exponentially since leaving the city. I think this remains a secret until you experience it first-hand. It is really hard for many of us to fathom leaving Brooklyn or Manhattan but I really do enjoy the closer knit community of Montclair.

What do you hope they say about you at your funeral? “Her Facebook statuses were THE BEST!”