2019 Elementary Teacher of the Year for Goose Creek CISD
West began her teaching career as a first-grade teacher at Bonnie P. Hopper Primary School in 2005, transferring to Victoria Walker Elementary after two years. In 2010, she became a stay-at-home mom, and although she enjoyed those four years, she kept imagining herself back in the classroom. She has been teaching kindergarten at VWE for the past five years.
After attending Relay for Life with a foreign exchange student her family hosted in 2017, West realized the importance of the community coming together to fund cancer research and end cancer. In honor of Haidin, a former student and daughter of a teacher at her school, who would later lose her battle with osteosarcoma, West took on the role of Team Captain for 2018. She is proud of the school’s team, which overcame setbacks from Hurricane Harvey to win “Best Cancer Theme” and “Best New Team,” and she continues to motivate and inspire others to join Relay for Life.
“Not only do good teachers invest their time into writing lesson plans, grading, reviewing data, teaching the curriculum and planning ways to enrich or provide remediation, but good teachers also invest their hearts into students and their families. It is because of good teachers that I am a teacher, and students and parents are why I strive to be a good teacher.”
2019 Secondary Teacher of the Year for Goose Creek CISD and One of Five Finalists for Region 4 Teacher of the Year
A product of Goose Creek CISD, having attended the original Carver Jones Elementary and the original Horace Mann Junior School, Johnson graduated from Robert E. Lee High School. She began her teaching career in 2005 after working for a software engineering firm and realizing that she was passionate about teaching others. She has been teaching at Goose Creek Memorial High School for the past nine years.
Johnson teaches Computer Programming I and II, Teen Leadership and Career Preparation, along with serving as the Career and Technical Education Department Chair and as the Academic UIL Coordinator for Goose Creek Memorial High School. She is the Student Council sponsor and serves as the District CTE Cluster Leader for the Information Technology career path. She also is the campus representative for the Superintendent’s Campus Connection.
“I strive hard to stay motivated for my students every day. I have stories that have brought me down to my breaking point and stories that have lifted me up. The moments build who you are as a teacher and make you realize this is the profession God meant for you to serve.”