Marlena “Zen” Johns has lived an adventurous life, raising twin sons and teaching high school for twenty years. She was Teacher of the Year for AHS in 2011-2012, a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction and a University of Chicago Distinguished Educator. One of her plays was performed at a local community center. She won a prose contest sponsored by the University of Houston. Two of her poems are set to be published in the upcoming summer and fall issues of Restless,and Five 2 One magazine, and three will be featured in an anthology titled Let’s Talk about Being Human.