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Apr 4, 2019

MTT030| Freckle For Everyone Part 2, Helping the First Year Teacher stay on track - Kristen Johnson

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Kristen Johnson from Alabama was a first year teacher that was feeling a bit unsure of her progression with her students during the second half of the year.  Join us as we talk about how Freckle helped her students prepare for their mandatory testing in April.

Freckle empowers teachers to differentiate instruction across Math, ELA, Social Studies and Science.


Kristen Johnson

Alabama Teacher of the Year Nominee (2018-2019)
Nick's Kids Teacher Excellence Award Recipient (2016)

Kristen tells us, “My passion for teaching began when I was a nine-year-old girl in fourth grade. After being inspired by a truly enthusiastic teacher who was eager for students to learn and find their individual passions, I decided to pursue a future in teaching myself. As early as fifteen years old, a junior in high school, I started volunteering in classrooms and participated in several teaching opportunities including tutoring and small group leadership. In 2015, I graduated from The University of Alabama with Cum Laude honors, a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, and a Letter of Intent with the Tuscaloosa County School System. In July 2015, I accepted a position at Maxwell Elementary School, fulfilling my dream of becoming a fourth-grade teacher. I taught fourth grade for two years and ventured into a split classroom including both fourth and fifth graders for the 2017-2018 and the 2018-2019 school years. In the past two years, I have strived to push myself to be the best teacher I could be by including a multitude of technology, student choice activities, and small group instruction in our daily routines. Currently, I am working on my Master's degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Alabama. In the future, I plan to achieve National Board Certification.”

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Items mentioned in Episode 30:


Lighthouse School - The Leader In Me



Kids Deserve It

The Wild Card

Pay It Forward

Pay It Forward - Young Readers Edition


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