Ms. Johnson grew up in a small town called Apple Valley, in the middle of nowhere. After high school, she attended UCLA where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology as well as her Master’s in Education.
Ms. Johnson’s journey in education began when she was tutoring incarcerated youth at Camp Kirby and Camp Kilpatrick. What started out as a community service opportunity became a lifelong passion to work with students who have been underserved and overlooked. From there, she went on to teach 4th grade for five years, because she knew that with the proper foundation, students would be more likely to succeed.
The more Ms. Johnson taught, the more passionate she became about mathematics education. She saw students, parents, and teachers say how they hated math, were scared of math and were never good at math. It became her mission to show her students that even if they didn’t like math, they would be successful at it. Ms. Johnson knew she was on to something when her students cheered when it was time for them to do their daily word problem! Her passion for mathematics led her to move to the middle school level where she has taught 7th and 8th grade math ever since. Ms. Johnson is looking forward to working with the students and families at Equitas Academy and having a successful year!