Mrs. Howa-Johnson attended Cosgriff and Judge Memorial here in Salt Lake City. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Utah and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Portland. She taught Religion for 3 at St. Vincent's 15 years ago, and went on to teach Theology and Theater at Juan Diego. She worked for the Diocese of Salt Lake City for 5 years as Director of Communications and Safe Environment.
She has 2 children, Zach in Pre-K and Genevieve in 2nd Grade, and has been married for 11 years. She is also Music Ministry Coordinator at St. Catherine of Siena Newman Center.