Job at BOA: Instructional Coach
Favorite Word: Estrenar
Favorite Color: Orange
Favorite Beverage: Coffee
Favorite Snack: Goat cheese & fresh bread
Favorite Local Restaurant: Davorn's
Wanderlust Destination: Galapagos
Cristina Johnson was born and raised in Visalia. She attended Conyer, Divisadero and Mt. Whitney High Schools before moving to Spain as a Rotary exchange student. She attended UC Davis (including another year abroad at the University of Alcalá de Henares, Spain) where she majored in Spanish Literature. After college, Cristina moved back to Visalia and began teaching for Visalia Unified in 1995, at the age of 23. She taught second, third and fourth grades as a classroom teacher, and taught kindergarten through sixth grades as a math resource teacher and reading/math/ELD intervention teacher. In addition to teaching elementary-age students, Cristina spent six years teaching graduate students as an adjunct instructor for Fresno Pacific University’s Teacher Education program, specializing in Curriculum Design.
Cristina was an enthusiastic supporter of SVA from its early days. She is passionate about the school’s mission to meet the needs of all children through hands-on experiences and project-based learning. Her daughters, Claire and Caroline began attending SVA in 2012, and Cristina has invested many hours as a PTO and classroom volunteer, as well as a BTSA (Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment) mentor for TACMO's new staff.
Cristina is known for her expertise in teaching math. She earned her Master’s Degree in this field, and has inspired many to love this subject. Her passion for teaching and students often extends beyond the school day. Cristina is proud of her teaching career. Highlights of her career include starting an after-school enrichment program for gifted students when she saw a need at an underserved school, implementing a Japanese Lesson Study with a group of colleagues in order to improve teaching strategies through teacher collaboration, and recently specializing in the teaching of early reading. Cristina was honored in her third year of teaching when she was named VUSD’s Elementary Teacher of the Year.
When not at school, Cristina can be found volunteering or entertaining a houseful of guests. Before filling her volunteer schedule with SVA-related matters, Cristina gave much of her time and energy to ImagineU Children’s Museum and the American Association of University Women, where she chaired a scholarship program to send local middle school girls to a math, science and technology camp. Cristina’s husband Erik is a kindergarten teacher at Golden Oak Elementary and a bluegrass musician. The family enjoys gardening, cooking and traveling together.