• Hello!

    Name: Hillary Johnson
    Grade: Early Childhood Special Education
    Room: 125
    Email: hillary.johnson@mercerislandschools.org
    Phone: (206) 275-5880

    Best form of contact: Email or phone

    Hello Families!


    My name is Hillary Johnson and I will be your child’s early childhood special
    education teacher and extended day teacher for the 2019-2020 school year! This is
    my fourth year teaching at Northwood and I am beyond excited to meet the students
    and begin a year of growth, exploration and learning.
    A little bit about myself: I am originally from Southern California (Orange County
    area) but I moved up here to attend Seattle Pacific University where I received my
    BA in Psychology. While doing my undergrad, I had an internship with Mosaic
    Children’s Therapy Center doing Applied Behavior Analysis and teaching social
    skills classes to children with autism. I then attended the University of Washington
    to receive my masters in Early Childhood Special Education and my BCBA (board
    certified behavior analyst). While doing my masters, I was able to work at the
    Experimental Education Unit, Boyer Children’s Clinic and Daniel Bagley Elementary.
    It was such a great experience working with a wide range of ages from toddlers to
    5th graders. It was here I realized that preschool is my favorite age to teach. Aside
    from teaching, I love to work out at Orange Theory Fitness, travel around the world
    (I went to India last year!), read and explore West Seattle. I also got married this
    summer at Chamber’s Bay Golf course and took a mini-moon to Banff!
    A little about the classroom: I will be implementing the Creative Curriculum, a
    forward-thinking, comprehensive, research-based and research-proven curriculum.
    The curriculum allows students to be their most effective, while still honoring their
    creativity and respecting their critical role in making learning exciting and relevant.
    I also believe in promoting a positive and inclusive learning environment at all
    times. I know that every child has the capacity to learn and participate with the right
    accommodations and modifications in place.
    I want to establish a strong relationship with all of you and determine the best mode
    of communication, whether it is email, phone calls or a note sent home. I urge you to
    communicate any thoughts or concerns you might have about your child and I will
    do my best to work with you to determine a plan of action. Overall, I am very excited
    for the start of the school year and hope you are too!