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Qualifications, Education, Experience
Mr. Armand Johnston, II obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He is a Behavioral Health Specialist with the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Service Board (CSB) in Reston, VA. Prior to his current position, Mr. Johnston most recently served as an Educational Coach for Educational Connections, Inc., as well as, a Therapeutic Day Treatment Counselor for the National Counseling Group, Inc.; during his tenure with NCG he worked within the Manassas City Public Schools in Manassas, VA. Mr. Johnston holds a certification as a Qualified Mental Health Professional – Children. Mr. Johnston served in a leadership role within the College Partnership Program for Fairfax County Public School system, assisting and preparing students with the basic necessities of college. In his spare time, Armand enjoys traveling, spending time with family, living an active lifestyle, and making memories through life experiences.
Mr. Armand Johnston II is one of three co-founders of Alchemy InCoaching LLC, an organization designed to provide innovative coaching to students grade six to an undergraduate with a focus on student-athletes, performing artist, and general students.
Following his completion of education at VCU in May 2012, Mr. Johnston began his mental/behavioral health career as a Mental Health Technician within a Psychiatric hospital, The Pavilion at Williamsburg Place. During the latter, he received the opportunity to advance his skills within the hospital by way of the social work department as a Case Manager, assisting individuals with regaining mental stability in the community.
Within the National Counseling Group, he served two roles as a Therapeutic Day Treatment Counselor and Therapeutic Summer Program Counselor. Mr. Johnston worked directly with a caseload of at-risk students assisting them through mental and behavioral health issues within the school and community setting. Through one on one sessions at Educational Connections Inc. as an Educational Coach, Mr. Johnston assisted the student(s) with promoting growth within their executive functioning skills (i.e., study strategies, time management, organization, and planning).
Mr. Johnston is also very active in his community, in which he has actively participated in after school and summer programs to mentor and elevate student leadership roles, providing stable living conditions for families through Habitat for Humanity, ministry outreaches to Los Angeles and Montego Bay, Jamaica to lead Vacation Bible School and provide assistance at hospice and orphanages. Through a student leadership organization, The House, Inc. Mr. Johnston volunteered with ‘A Cinderella Ball’ - an annual gala for disabled middle, and high school students in the greater Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area.
Throughout high school and college, Mr. Johnston was an active participant in extracurricular activities. He was a member of the football and track & field teams, as well as, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). During his college years, Mr. Johnston served on a student panel to bring awareness and readiness to incoming freshmen, and also participated in several intramural sporting events.
Mr. Johnston has created and engaged in many innovative programs designed to provide marginalized students with greater opportunities to be engaged in their high school experiences. To that end, while at VCU, Mr. Johnston co-founded the Black Student Union - to create unity and build trust among all members of the black student body at Virginia Commonwealth University.
In 2016, Mr. Johnston co-founded and became an advisor of The Takeover – a student leadership organization for marginalized students designed to improve the culture and environment within the Manassas City Public Schools. The organization excelled in giving back to the school and community through developing numerous programs that had a profound impact on the school culture. The students also exceeded their own expectations through multiple fundraisers for the organization’s apparel, a team-building ropes course at George Mason University, and assistance with natural disasters (hurricane Harvey victims).
In 2017, Mr. Johnston assisted with and co-advised United Front - a student leadership organization for young African-American males designed to understand the essence of being a black male within today’s society, with a concentration on advancing academically, personally, socially, and career development.
Mr. Johnston believes wholeheartedly in providing an opportunity for individuals to gain knowledge in how to utilize their tools in efforts to expand their own lives. He believes all students have the right to an education; however, they are not always afforded the resources and skills needed to achieve a successful education. The need for a program that assists individuals with personal and life coaching is a major necessity within the community; Alchemy InCoaching, LLC is committed to transforming and inspiring individuals to utilize skills and resources to achieve worthy goals.r