Meet the Teacher: Josh Johnston

Evart Elementary School teacher Josh Johnston (standing, right) offers tips to fourth-graders during a challenge in their rotation class, which focuses and science, engineering and computer programming. (Pioneer photos/Meghan Gunther-Haas)

Editor’s Note: Meet the Teacher is a weekly feature, introducing new instructors in the area. To suggest a new local teacher to be featured in the Pioneer, contact Meghan Gunther-Haas with the instructor’s name and the school in which they work by emailing mhaas@pioneergroup.com or calling (231) 592-8382. Additional Meet the Teacher features will appear on page 3 in the Tuesday editions of the Pioneer.

EVART — After graduating from Baker College in May, Josh Johnston was added to the roster of new teachers for Evart Public Schools.

Johnston measures a tower of marshmallows and toothpicks during a classroom challenge. He said his favorite part of his job is working with the students. 

In his first year teaching, Johnston, a Reed City Area Public Schools graduate, is instructing fourth-graders in math, reading and writing. He also runs one of the students’ rotation classes, a Do-It-Yourself science lab. A large work station is set in the back of the room with some of the many supplies fourth-graders may need for different assignments, such as rulers, tape measures and more.

“We are teaching students problem-solving,” Johnston said, noting the class also will focus on engineering and computer coding.

Over the course of the year, students will participate in different activities in teams and will work their way up to creating video games on a server. After about a week in class, students were challenged with building the tallest tower possible, with the fewest toothpicks and marshmallows.

“This is my first year teaching. I’m absolutely loving it,” Johnston said as he moved through the class, giving tips and taking measurements for the challenge. “This call is unbelievable. This class has more try that I’ve ever seen.”

Johnston’s favorite part of his job is working with the students who walk into his room, noting the youths can do amazing things when they try.

When not teaching in front of the fourth-grade or making lesson plans, Johnston tries to spend as much time as possible with his wife and children. He also helps his family, the owners of Super Kicker Rodeo Production.

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Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at mhaas@pioneergroup.com.

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