Mary J. Johnson

Mary J. Johnson, MEd

Assistant Professor of Education


Mary's personal mission is to nurture, stimulate and support quality education and continued learning. When she started out working with young children, she had no idea her path would lead to working with teacher candidates in graduate school at George Fox University.

Academic Background

MEd (early childhood education emphasis), George Fox University (1997)
BA, Elementary Education, Luther College (1974)

Expertise and Research Interests

My soul sings when I see ideas modeled in Reggio Emilia inspired work and expeditionary learning in our local schools.

Select Research Bibliography

NAEYC National: Teacher Work Sample Methodology
ORATE State: Teacher Work Sample Methodology; iPad Use with Teacher Candidates

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

EDUC 321, 322 - Early Childhood Theory and Methods
EDUC 373 - Fine Arts for Elementary Teachers
EDUG 501 - The Professional Educator
EDUG 502 - Structures for Teaching and Learning
EDUG 503 - Teaching Special and Diverse Populations
EDUG 510 - Developmental and Learning Theory
EDUG 575, 576, 577 - Practicum I, II, III
EDUG 520, 521, 522 - Action Research Series

Outside the Classroom

  • Consultant for Pearson on edTPA: National Teacher Preparation Assessment
  • Advisory Board for the Center for Children's Learning, Portland Children's Museum
  • Volunteer: Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge; Portland Children's Museum

Instruction begins when you, the teacher, learn from the learner; put yourself in his place so that you may understand…what he learns and the way he understands it. - Soren Kierkegaard

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