Kristi Johnson

Kristi Johnson


Mrs. Kristi Johnson is a new digital/online teacher who works with 3rd graders who have signed up for distance learning for the start of the 2020-2021 school year at CLES, although she has been an educator at CLES for 20 years!

Mrs. Johnson believes a room does not make a classroom. Students, teachers, and a love of learning are what make a classroom!

Mrs. Johnson is starting her 29th year of teaching! She started her career in Fredericksburg, VA in 1992 – 1996 (her hometown) and married her husband Jim, a Marine, and soon thereafter they were sent to GA for training. They ended up staying in GA after Jim retired from the military. They’ve been in Winder since 1996 and have a son who is a junior at Mercer University and a daughter who is an 8th grader at Russell Middle School. They spend a lot of their time visiting their families in both Virginia and Alabama.

Mrs. Johnson spent four years teaching at Timothy Road Elementary in Athens, GA, where she helped establish “MicroSociety,” which is an educational approach in which a portion of the school day becomes a student-run miniature society, enhancing academics with real life application and problem solving.

She then transferred to County Line Elementary in 2000 to teach closer to home. She has taught all grades K-5, been an instructional coach, and has been a long-time EIP (Early Intervention Program) teacher up until this school year.

Mrs. Johnson has earned several accolades over the years such as the County Administrator’s Award for piloting a Litterless Lunchbox program; Teacher of the Year-Virginia and Georgia; Disney Teacher of the Year nominee; GATESOL Grant recipient for iPods and iTouches, as well as refurbished government computers and laptops for education; Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant recipient for ELL students (English Language Learners) Summer Enrichment program for three years in a row. She also helped establish a Latino parent and child learning program called PAWS (Parents Achieving With Students) where parents were taught English and given helpful hints at how they could help their own child(ren) at home academically. This program helped win our school the GAESP School Bell Award. She was the school site webmaster for 13 years.  She is also a certified Ruby Payne Framework for Understanding Poverty trainer, and a cohort participant for CLASE (Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education).

Mrs. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education with minors in Math and Social Studies from Virginia Tech. She continues to further her learning by participating in many webinars for teaching strategies, but she never forgets the most important part of her job—her students!

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