Dr. Otilia Lucila Salmon-Johnson leverages over four decades of professional experience in the field of education. For 34 years, she served as an associate professor at the University of North Florida, having recently retired in 2021. Earlier in her career, she was an education officer in Jamaica for a decade. Alongside her primary path, she has been a Latin American translator and interpreter.

To prepare for her career, Dr. Salmon pursued a formal education at the University of Veracruz in Mexico, receiving a master’s degree in foreign languages and literature in 1975. After completing a fellowship through the Organization of American States, she traveled to the United States and matriculated at the University of Florida. In 1982, she earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Latin American studies. She also completed a fellowship through U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and a scholarship through Benito Juarez, the former president of Mexico.

To remain abreast of developments in her areas of expertise, Dr. Salmon maintains membership with numerous organizations, such as Altrusa International and the Florida Association of Multicultural Educators. In accounting for her success, she credits the influence of her parents and her own fruitful traveling experiences. She notes that traveling has allowed her to witness poverty, as well as opportunities for young individuals to break the cycle and raise themselves and their families out of poor conditions. Her experiences prompted her to enter the field of education, as she desired to help teach students how to survive and thrive.

In the coming years, Dr. Salmon intends to begin writing her autobiography. Originally hailing from Honduras, she now resides in Florida with her husband, Ronald.

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