What inspired you to become a teacher?
”I’m from a family of teachers, but I never intended to follow in their footsteps. Although I loved working with kids, I thought I wanted to pursue a career in health care or science research. As I explored different career options during and after college, nothing felt like the right ‘fit.’ When I finally became receptive to the idea of teaching high school science, I knew it was the perfect career for me.”
What is most challenging as a teacher? Why?
”I’ve always wanted to get involved with student activities outside of the classroom, so I’ve taken on more extracurricular roles over the past couple of years. Balancing these duties while still working to improve my teaching practice can be overwhelming at times. I’m fortunate to have some really amazing students who make running the extracurriculars relatively easy — I couldn’t maintain all of it without them!”
What teaching moment is most memorable?
”I think seeing kids achieve successful milestones are some of the most rewarding moments. A student in the club I advise recently planned a big event that turned out to be a huge hit, which was really cool to watch. Seeing my kids put in a marathon of hard work in AP Chem last year and learning about their success on the AP exam was also really rewarding. The first time I had a particularly challenging student open up and become receptive to instruction- that one really stands out.”
EXPERIENCE: 4 years teaching high school science (3 years at Stonington High School)
HOMETOWN: from Cottondale, Fla.; lives in Quaker Hill, Conn.
EDUCATION: B.S. in Biology, University of Florida; M.S. in Education, University of New Haven
FAMILY: Married to Ben Johnson