Our Welcome To Sanford Teacher of the Week is Electra Johnson of Deep River Elementary School. While Ms. Johnson joined the Gator family this year, she is not new to Lee County schools. This marks 22 years as a teacher for her. Ms. Johnson is a fourth-grade teacher at Deep River, teaching all subjects, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Fayetteville State University.
Ms. Johnson became a teacher because she believes children are our future. She notes, “I wanted to show students that being a life-long learner can take them anywhere they want to go! I see each of my students as a unique individual, who has so much to offer. I encourage each one to do his or her best each and every day.”
If you asked her what her proudest teaching accomplishment is, Ms. Johnson would tell you about a young student who came back to show his gratitude, recalling “I was teaching third grade at the time and had a little boy who struggled socially and emotionally. It was a pretty tough year for us both. He came back to me many years later and thanked me for caring about him, and for being so patient and understanding. It was truly one of my proudest moments!”
Ms. Johnson feels her colleagues would describe her as organized (sometimes too much!), loyal and always willing to learn or try new things.
In her free time, Ms. Johnson enjoys spending time with her family, walking on the beach and reading and listening to crime podcasts. She is also the mother of twin boys, one of which is autistic. Ms. Johnson comments, “I’m always interested in new studies and research being done to learn more about it.”