Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Wendy Johnson
Hello Families! My name is Wendy Johnson and I’ve been married to a wonderful man, Michael, for over 20 years. We have 2 beautiful and incredibly smart girls, Sera, 18 years old, and Cassie, 16 years old. Sera is a Senior and Cassie is a Junior in High School this year. We live in Marana with 2 dogs that are our furry kids. Ted E Bear is my service dog and Cassie has his baby, Toby. We love to spend our time going concerts and movies.
Defining Moment in Education
I love teaching! I remember many years ago I was training adults to become managers and teach others. I remember seeing a commercial about, “The more you know,” and it said, teachers get their own desk and chalk. I remember thinking how I’ve always spent my extra time to work with kids, why not teach them all day. I kept thinking how much fun that would be. I was right!
Core Educational Belief:
My belief in education is that every child feel heard, understood, and safe. That curriculum can be learned in more than one way. There is no one right way, however students do need to learn to follow directions. I have high expectations and will never lower them. Every child will reach the level they are capable, but if I lower my standards I put a limit on how much they can achieve. Albert Einstein stated, "Everyone is a genius, unless you keep testing a fish to climb a tree they will forever be stupid." There is more than one way to test a child and there are infinite ways we can be show our genius.
This is my 11th year of teaching. I've worked with kids for over 25 years in all sorts of settings. I took a break from teaching and became a Marriage, Family, and Child Therapist for quite a few years working with so many types of families, but kids with AD/HD and Bi-Polar were among my favorites. I also loved helping teachers work with behavior management and bullying groups. When I returned to teaching, I have been in special education classrooms and worked as a school counselor. I've worked with students from kindergarten through th grade. This is my th year in middle school and I just love it!
Education Degrees & Certification:
I received my bachelors' in education at Arizona State University and received an extended masters degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy at University of Phoenix.
I have lots of fun, challenging, and interesting activities planned for your student this year. I am really looking forward to getting to know all my students and parents as the year goes on.