Tanya Smith-Johnson graduated high school at 17 and enlisted into the United States Navy as a member of the Hospital Corps. She was awarded a NROTC scholarship to Hampton University. Smith-Johnson graduated in 2002 with a B.S. in biology and M.S. in Medical Science in 2004. She began medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2004 a few days after giving birth to her second child but withdrew after many setbacks, sacrifices and challenges. Tanya decided to stay home with her children after her husband was deployed to Afghanistan. The Johnson's made the decision to homeschool their children from that point on and never looked back. They now have 4 children. Tanya Smith-Johnson is now training to become a midwife.