Ms. Johnston, a fourth grade teacher at Community Roots Academy, is committed to creating a classroom environment where children thrive, by providing a safe place for children to learn. She has taught here at CRA since its inception in 2011. Ms. Johnston received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from California State University at Fullerton, and her Master’s Degree in Psychology from Chapman University. Ms. Johnston has diverse experience working with children and families in both the educational and human services fields. She has worked as a classroom teacher in Capistrano Unified School District, and with children and families in a community clinic setting. Ms. Johnston is a lifelong learner who recently has participated in educator training focused on Cognitively Guided Instruction, through the Orange County Department of Education. In past years, Ms. Johnston has also participated in educator training through the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is passionate about infusing art into her teaching, and has developed a visual arts program giving students the opportunity to express themselves creatively. Her goal is to inspire children to become critical thinkers and creative problem solvers, while empowering them to take risks in their learning.
Ms. Johnston grew up in South Orange County, and has strong ties to her community. Along with teaching, Ms. Johnston values family time. She enjoys relaxing on the beach with her son and daughter, in her home town of San Clemente. Her personal passions include traveling, reading, visiting museums, and walking the San Clemente Beach Trail.