Leslie Johnson


New to the Los Angeles area, I am returning to California! Although born and raised in Chicago, I attended both middle school and high school in Corona, CA. I played all four years of high school girls’ basketball as a Lady Huskie. Shortly after graduating I became an official referee for youth basketball camps during the summer before leaving for college.


I attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where I earned my BA in Elementary Education. Relocating to different area of Illinois, I found myself volunteering in libraries for reading buddy programs. From there I was introduced to director of Rogy’s Learning place where I became pre-k teacher for two consecutive years. Finally returning back to Chicago Public School system, I was immediately hired as the Science Lab teacher at Falconer Elementary. I became the representative for small professional learning community to learn about and introduce my school to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). While learning about the standards I decided to pursue a M.A. for Curriculum and Instruction to support in science curriculum implementation. I committed to after school science workshops for students and teachers. Delivering NGSS trainings, presentations, and activity implementation within the classroom. The programs lead to a recruitment from DePaul University STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) program for Science Education. I joined a cohort and begin taking additional classes to earn my M.A. The training I received at DePaul focused on middle school and high school education. I bring with me my creative methods of engaging students with innovative teaching, while implementing curriculum and, technology integration all to support the holistic learning of the individual student.

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