Patrick Johnson



  • What ‘Ignite passion and discovery in every student’ Means to Me

    Education is something earned, and that is accomplished by giving students the tools to think critically and creatively, imagine and enact change, and live for dreams with care for the whole person in mind. By providing students with the opportunities to explore what interests them using a variety of methods, we are setting them up to problem solve no matter what the vocation they are called to participate in moving forward. To me, to "ignite passion and discovery in every student" means to believe, respect, trust, and empower these young adults to become democratic citizens in a society grasping for new life. These Sequoits are our future; it's time to give them the opportunities to prove that they're up for the challenge.

  • A Teachable Moment

    I've wanted to be a teacher since I was in elementary school, and I've been motivated and inspired by many of my teachers ever since. However, what inspired me most came when I was in graduate school and finally had the opportunity to explore power and identity. Here is where I was entrenched in discussions of struggle, hegemony, and gender; and here is where I was pushed by three incredible women to be better, be stronger, and be the difference. It was during this time that I fell in love with the opportunity to challenge students to think differently, inspire creativity, imagine success, dream big, and never accept giving up and "I don't knows" as options. My graduate school years helped define who I am philosophically as a teacher, and I would like to think my students are all the better for it.

my Classes

Print and Digital Journalism 1

Introductory level journalism course for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.


  • Friday, February 17

    Book Discussion and Website Access

  • Thursday, February 16

    Photo Editing

  • Wednesday, February 15

    Photo Editing

  • Tuesday, February 14

    Photo Editing

    Print and Digital Journalism 1 RESOURCES

Senior Composition

Required writing-intensive English course for college bound seniors.


  • Tuesday, February 14

    Barbie Reading and Discussion; Centers and Margins

    Reading of Shirley Steinberg's iconic essay about the impact of Barbie in American and world cultures. We focus our attention on power structures, cultural capital, and how we construct centers and margins as a result of our experiences. bell hooks, feminist author and scholar, guides our analysis of Steinberg's seminal text and our analysis of our places in society and beyond.

  • Wednesday, February 22

    Multicultural Presentations

    Students will present their projects in full period interactive speeches. These will last seven days.

    English 4: Composition RESOURCES

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