Wednesday, May 7, 2014

New and Exciting!

Hi!  I’m Ashley Johnson, a new teacher to the 1st grade team.  I am thrilled to be joining such a great school and am looking forward to being part of the Hunter’s Creek family.  I started teaching full time 6 years ago.  I have been in First grade for all 6 years (my husband likes to say I still haven’t graduated First Grade), and can’t think of anywhere else that I would rather be.   First grade is the best place to see major changes occur.  Readers become fluent, independent and “big” thinkers.  I love teaching writing, and seeing students use traits that we observe in published authors.  This is always a joy.    I pride myself in providing a strong foundation of skills with project based extensions to show their thinking and creativity.  I love coming to school early  to prepare for the day.  My favorite part of teaching is the metal juggle of making sure that I have met each student where they are and pushed them farther!

I am a native Houstonian and a graduate of Texas A&M.  My husband and I live in the Spring Branch Attendance area and have 3 children (Josh - 29, Jourdan - 25 and Addie - 16).   Last May, we welcomed our first grandson.  Walker is a precious little guy and a big blessing.   In the Fall ,we spend lots of time cheering on the Stratford Volleyball team.    In my spare time, I love to run and be outside.  We spend summer weekends on Lake Conroe, skiing and kayaking.  I like to do anything creative, and recently took up needlepoint. 

I truly believe I have the best job in the world.  I can’t wait to learn more about culture of HCE and meet all the sweet kiddos!  It is going to be a great year!

The Fork in the ROAD!

Dr.  Suess said, “Today was good, today was fun, tomorrow is another one.”  With fond memories in my heart and more than a few tears in my eyes, I announce that I am leaving Meadow Wood to teach 1st grade at Hunter’s Creek. 

Looking back at my blog, I realized, by coincidence, I named it exactly what I wanted to show…Johnson’s Journey.  The last 6 years have been an amazing journey filled with incredible friends, creative colleagues, and most of all lots of hard work that has shown its rewards over and over in the faces of the kids I have had the privilege to guide.  This journey for me was a secondary plan in life, but after stepping into the role of teacher, I quickly learned it was the only place I wanted to be.  So today, as I look to the fun that tomorrow will bring, I would be remiss to not think back about the “where” I have come. 

My husband and I put our kids in Meadow Wood 19 years ago, after buying a home in Nottingham Forest.  We fell in love with the special school that sat on Memorial and continued to support it even when we had a gap when a Johnson was not attending.  I held tons of positions on the PTA, served on THE CAT team as a community member, and then began to sub and eventually teach.  In the years here, I have seen 4 principals, great teachers perfect their craft, lost an amazing friend and teacher to cancer, and seen kids grow into responsible adults.  What a JOURNEY!

My mom always said, change is a part of life.  For me this is always a difficult.  I am the person that puts her furniture in one location and doesn’t change it – ever!  I thank you for the support and belief you have by entrusting your kids with me.  As my journey takes a turn, I will look back fondly on the road that MWE paved in my heart, and look forward with excitement at the road ahead!  Please continue to follow my journey at  www.