Henrico’s Top Teachers – Krystal Johnson

Krystal Johnson loves shaping the minds of the next generation and is always trying new things to get her students excited about science.

Johnson grew up in nearby Hanover County and attended Patrick Henry High School. She then graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in environmental science.

Johnson knew she wanted to stay in the Richmond area and this upcoming year will be her 12th year at J.R. Tucker High School. Johnson teaches earth science, AP environmental science and has taught oceanography in the past.

“I love being a teacher and getting to shape the minds of the next generation,” Johnson said. “I get to teach them all about science and the environment, it's so cool and rewarding.”

Johnson  said it's hard to motivate her students at times to care about science, but that she never gives up.

“Sometimes it is hard to motivate students about learning about science, especially my freshmen,” Johnson said. “They just started high school and they don't really see the light at the end of the tunnel so sometimes they don't have as much motivation. But I just keep trying new things and reminding them that science is cool, because it is and science is everywhere.”

It's always a struggle to get her students to pay attention and retain certain things, Johnson said, especially for her earth science class that has a standardized learning test.

“These kids have a long day at school, so sometimes it's hard to get them to pay attention to science,” Johnson said. “I do these weekly pep talks to try to get their spirits up, or I'll have little rewards for my class.”

Johnson  tries to relate to her students and find a common ground. She wants them to be able to come to her for help and not see her just as that “old science teacher.” She talks to them about music, movies and TV shows to let them know that they all have something in common and can work together.
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