Good Day Atlanta viewer information: March 30, 2021

Ellijay teachers rally around one of their own: 

The strong bond between Christian Johnson and Melissa Martin is immediately obvious.

"She’s almost become, like, my school daughter," laughs Martin, a second-grade teacher at Ellijay Elementary School.

The women met two years ago when Johnson became a student-teacher in Martin’s classroom; soon, Johnson followed in her mentor’s footsteps, joining the school's team as a special education teacher in the same building.

"I graduated from Dalton State University in December 2019 and got hired on the very next day here at Ellijay Elementary school," says Johnson.

But last May, as the entire world shut down, Christian Johnson’s was rocked in a different way.

"I started having bad headaches," says the teacher, "but in my mind, I’m having a bad migraine, because I had never experienced a migraine before and I’m spending a lot of time on the computer."

When the pain became so debilitating that Johnson ended up at Northside Hospital Cherokee, doctors realized it wasn’t a migraine; they found a mass on her brain. And when they finally performed a biopsy in December, the news was shattering.

"I have a grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma, which is a rare malignant tumor," says Johnson. "It took me a while to process that malignant meant cancerous."

So, when Johnson underwent brain surgery in January, her Ellijay Elementary School family went to work -- supporting not just their fellow teacher, but also her husband and the three young nephews they are raising.

"The school set up a meal train, they’ve had meals basically about every night," says Martin. "Several of her friends have done auctions, we’ve done T-shirts — I’ve got one on today — just to raise money and show support."

"Every teacher in this building is in the boat with her," she said.

Although the surgery was successful, doctors say this is the kind of tumor that can return — meaning this will be a lifelong medical journey for Christian Johnson. But clearly, it’s one she’s not making alone.

"I mean, it’s just amazing what people are doing. This community has really rallied together and just made me feel loved and supported and cared for," says Johnson. "I truly believe that God has held me through all of this, and all glory to Him."

If you’d like to help Christian Johnson and her family, Johnson has a Venmo account to which donations may be made (johnsonjoey44), and she encourages people to support the Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation, which offers support to brain tumor patients and their families. 

Easter Brunch menu ideas with Ecco Restaurant Midtown: 

Easter is just five days away and we've got a brunch recipe to win over the family. Executive Chef Alex Candonia from Ecco Midtown shows us how to whip up that perfect French toast. For more information on Ecco Midtown click here.    

Georgia film and TV industry bustling with productions once again: 

Touted as "The Hollywood of the South," the film industry in Georgia went dark when the pandemic was at its peak. Now with COVID-19 cases on the decline and vaccinations on the rise, production companies are bustling once again under stricter safety guidelines. 

Casting Director Chad Darnell joins Good Day live with an update. For more information on Darnell follow on Instagram @Chaddarnell.

 Easter egg and gift ideas with event planner Brittany Sharp:

There's still some time to get in those Easter crafts with the kids this week and to prepare for a special holiday for the guests you may have hopping by. 

Brittany Sharp from The Sharp Standard joins Good Day with some fun tips for you and your family. For more information on The Sharp Standard click here.

Rolling Out Magazine's Christal Jordan talks about a high school picture that actor Rami Malek asked actress Rachel Bilson to take off of social media. For more on Christal Jordan follow her @enchantedpr. For more on Rolling Out Magazine click here.

Pet of the day from the Atlanta Humane Society: For more information on how you can adopt Theo, today's pet of the day, click here.