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My name is Meg Johnson and I teach 4th grade at Yates Mill Elementary School. When I was a kid I wanted to be a teacher, just like my mom! I spent most of my childhood in Winston-Salem, NC. I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a NC Teaching Fellows scholarship, and graduated in 2003 with a B.A. degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in ESL education. I was awarded National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certification in Early Childhood General Education in 2009. I taught at Rashkis Elementary School in Chapel Hill for 15 years and in addition to teaching I served as the School Improvement Team chairperson and worked as an Equity Coach. After a wonderful experience there, I made the decision to teach closer to home here in Wake County. I began teaching at YMES in 2018, and I am proud to be a Yates Mill “FROG!”
I live in Cary with my husband (a high school teacher) and daughter. Our furry family member is a retired racing greyhound. My other passions besides teaching are visual art, crafts, singing, running, camping, and spending time with my family and friends. I love building with Lego (and I utilize them often in my classroom), enjoy games (Bananagrams is my favorite), and relish any opportunity to read great childrens’ literature aloud (to my students and to my own child).
As an educator I engage my students in critical thinking and develop a classroom environment that is collaborative and equitable. I believe that we as a school community are nurturing our future leaders, and therefore I am committed to helping each child grow throughout the year in their academic, social and emotional learning. I feel strongly that each and every student must feel safe, valued and represented in our school and our classrooms in order for significant learning to occur.
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character; that is the goal of a true education.” -Martin Luther King Jr.