Phone: 571 252 2280
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Mrs. Elaine B Johnson
This is my third year at Trailside Middle School, I'm so excited to be a part of the Trailside Pack and am very much looking forward to meeting our 6th grade students and helping them orient to Middle School. I'll be working in 6th Grade Language Arts, where I'll be bringing my style of British learning and humor to the classes and will no doubt be teased by students about my accent and pronunciation of vocabulary! Its all good! I've lived in the U.S.A for 24 years, and although I've tried I still can't speak with an American accent. My favorite British Author is J. K. Rowling, in the words of Dumbledore: " Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic". I am passionate about reading, books, language and communication and I aim to inspire our 6th grade writers and readers to use words with creativity and imagination in their writing and encourage them to read with relish.
I have over 12 years experience working in the Special Needs field, 9 were in Residential Treatment centers where I had the opportunity to partner with my own pack of Certified Assistance Dogs. I have had the pleasure of working with 5 Certified Assistance dogs, three of which were my own. I currently own and handle two Golden Retrievers who are currently certified; Willson, a 9 year old male and Parker, a 6 year old female.
My passion in my work is to help students reach their highest potential using their natural strengths and talents and to create leadership that focuses on consistent expectations, cooperation, collaboration and fun, while emphasizing positive social skills in my classes.
My Bachelors is in Personnel Management and Training from the UK. I'm working on my Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Certification having completed all 5 of the required courses, I've learned a great deal about various teaching and behavior management techniques and strategies and I'm grateful to mentors who sent me in that direction. I'm also pursuing my Masters in Special Education at George Mason University, which will be completed during this school year. I've leraned so much to help me in my job and I'm grateful for the support my school has given me in this endeavor.
A great deal of my time outside of work is spent with my dogs, walking, training, caring for and competing in K9 Musical Freestyle Dancing, the latter is an up and coming sport in the dog world. I enjoy this because it combines my three favorite things, music, movement and dog training. I also enjoy art, painting, crafts, running, nature, pilates and reading. It can't get better for me than being outside walking my dogs early morning when the birds are singing, the weather is cool and crisp and the sun is just rising.
I am married to a wonderful British man named Bob it will be 39 years this year (sadly I've given my age away!). I don't have children except the two furry ones and all the critters who come into my yard, bunnies, foxes, deer, squirrels and peacocks, but I do have one sibling who lives in NY state and is married to a first generation Italian American, his parents came in through Ellis Island. I have 4 nieces and nephews and 9 great nieces and nephews, some British, some American. I love time with my American family, we have a hilarious time playing games together, like Pictionary, Monopoly, Balderdash and Gestures. I'm also being taught baseball rules, but I still haven't got that quite figured out.
We have nearly 4 acres which needs cutting with a tractor, I love cutting the grass with my headphones on and music playing. This summer, I learned how to use a zero turn, it took me a while to stop spinning around in circles on the reverse but I figured it out. The biggest challenge was backing the zero turn up the ramp and into the barn. That took a while but I got it figured, I also got my weed whacker to start without help!
I hope to get to meet many parents of my students this year and I'm especally looking forward to building relationships with everyone so that we can all work together to give students the best 2018-2019 school experience.