Brittany Johnson hangs decorations in her classroom Friday. | Robert Hudson
Brittany Johnson hangs decorations in her classroom Friday. | Robert Hudson

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Students, teachers alike prep for beginning of school

Published 11:03am Monday, August 12, 2013

When classes resume Aug. 19 at Jim Pearson School, it will not just be the first day of school for students, but for a number of teachers as well.
Jim Pearson School will welcome five new teachers once classes officially start in a couple weeks, but they have already been hard at work preparing their classrooms since Monday.
Among those five new teachers is Brittany Johnson, who will teach first graders.
While Johnson has some experience teaching from her time as a substitute, she said there’s some nervous optimism that comes with being a first-time teacher.
“I’m very excited because I graduated in December 2010, so it’s been a long journey, but I finally received my blessing,” Johnson said. “I’m kind of nervous, but I’m a little used to this school system because I’ve been a substitute for two and half years. So a lot of kids that I am accustomed to, I’ll be seeing them here.”
Along with the core skills of reading, writing and mathematics, Johnson said she will base her classroom around the ‘seven habits,’ which teach children essential skills including being responsible, following directions, practicing self-control and working cooperatively with others.
“This school is a seven-habits school, which is a great program, and it helps the teacher be able to monitor behavior and the kids as well,” Johnson said. “I’m going to implement the seven habits, and the school system is going toward the common core standards now, so a lot of that will change the writing. But the reading program and math will be the same.”
Johnson added she is thankful to the faculty and staff for welcoming her to the school, and while being a teacher is a big challenge, it’s something she’s been preparing for her entire life.
“The biggest challenge for me I believe will be getting used to doing all the paperwork, and just getting used to being a teacher,” Johnson said. “Even though I have some experience, I haven’t experienced all (off being a teacher). It’s a very rewarding job, but it’s a hard job as well. But even when I was young I was one of those kids that knew I wanted to be a teacher because I love to inspire and motivate.”

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