Sixth Grade Math Teacher
Sasha Johnson is returning to Black Pine Circle School after a year teaching at Countryside Day Montessori in Chicago. Many BPC students and community members know her as “Miss J,” having taught history, debate, and technology in the upper school from 2014 to 2018. She also worked closely with BPC’s STEAM program for three years, ran the debate team, and was a faculty advisor for BPC’s Sexuality and Gender Alliance. Ms. Johnson has a B.A. in international studies from DePaul University and a master’s in education and social policy from Northwestern University. She enjoys continuing her educational studies by attending Philosophy of Education Conferences and participating in other professional development opportunities. She also loves the great outdoors, bookstores, photography, and cooking.
Why I Work with Children
I love teaching middle school because I get to work with incredible human beings during their most formative years. I love working with adolescents because I find they often are candid, direct, and unafraid of sharing their observations of the world and their experience in it. Most are willing to share all, if you just listen. They remind me how to embrace the unknown with bravery and grace.
A Favorite Book
Fahrenheit 451. It was the first time that a book made me question the construction and design of human society. As a firefighter’s daughter, I remember my mind imploding: a world where firefighters start fires rather than putting them out? It was learning of Bradbury’s dystopian world that made me examine my own world as well as the worlds of the past. My adolescent mind acquired the ability to critically examine systems and institutions.