Lincoln Middle,

an IB World School

Leslie Johnson

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About Me
Biographical Sketch: 

I was born and raised in Fort Collins, graduating from Rocky Mountain High School (Go LOBOS!). I have been married to my husband Mark since 1998 and together we have 3 sons. Ben graduated from Poudre High School in 2018, Brady is currently a student at Lincoln and Scott attends Dunn. 

Educational Background: 

I have a Bachelors degree in Natural Sciences from Colorado State University and a Masters degree in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity from University of Colorado.

Why I enjoy teaching: 

I believe that each child is unique.  As an educator, I feel it is my responsibility to provide a safe and supportive environment in which students are able to take risks and share their thoughts and ideas.  I believe it is my responsibility to foster a motivation and passion for learning science, and to promote an environment where all people and all things are respected.  I love seeing the excitement when a student grasps a concept and finds their passion about learning.

Favorite Books: 

The Harry Potter series, The Princess Bride, Gone With the Wind, Hamilton

Interest & Hobbies: 

I enjoy reading, hiking, cooking, baking, camping, board & card games.

What I like most about my school: 

I love the diversity and energy at Lincoln. The staff is passionate about our community and Lincoln truly is a family.

Favorite Quote: 

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
-Albert Einstein-

My Classroom
Courses Taught: 

6th grade Science

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National Junior Honor Society Advisor

7th grade science

Newcomer science

About My Classroom: 

I will provide access to information, allowing students to find the answers to their questions themselves through research and experimentation to further their knowledge of science.  This allows students to become self-reliant and gives them opportunities to practice their skills in authentic situations.  By providing hands-on activities and allowing adequate time and space to utilize these materials, I believe this will reinforce the lesson or concept being studied, as well as creating opportunities for individual discovery and further construction of their knowledge base.  Students should know where to find information, how to evaluate that information, and how to make an informed decision based on their understanding of the issues.

I believe that in addition to self-discovery, it is my responsibility to provide my students with a sense of personal relevance and interest in the scientific principles and concepts being presented.  I feel this can be accomplished by having an open dialogue with my students.  By giving my students opportunities for input, I can better create a curriculum that will inspire their learning, motivating them to work hard and master the skills needed to reach their goals.