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Joannie Johnston

( Ms. J)

Location Pin Location Pin South Holland IL

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Hi. I’m Ms. J. I feel that teachers make the biggest impact in a teenager’s life, if they are allowed to make a connection. Sharing food with my students has always provided us with a very communal atmosphere and vibe. We discuss history and different perspectives in the IB program.…

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Hi. I’m Ms. J. I feel that teachers make the biggest impact in a teenager’s life, if they are allowed to make a connection. Sharing food with my students has always provided us with a very communal atmosphere and vibe. We discuss history and different perspectives in the IB program. It is fun and helpful when we incorporate food and music that was popular during the era and location we are discussing. As the English as a Second Language program Coordinator, providing a safe and welcoming environment is critical in developing secure and trusting relationships, especially with new comers. We have fiestas throughout the year for various milestones and celebrations. I do not have a supply budget, so I buy everything myself. I also provide all of the food that we eat because I teach in a district with 85% free and reduced lunches, so cannot ask for student donations. So, I am asking the generous public for assistance. As a single mother of a teenage boy, and with the recent increase in prices of goods, it has become impossible for me to afford food for my classroom. Please help me keep my welcoming environment and make my life easier so I can help these kids. Thank you.

“If you snooze, you lose.””

Thornwood High School

Location Pin South Holland, IL

160 Students

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th Grades

23 Years experience

Since 1997


What will the funds be used for

I need to make sure my students’ needs are met. I teach juniors and seniors International Baccalaureate History, for which they receive college credit. I also am the English Language Coordinator and make sure all of the English Learners are taken care of academically, socially, and emotionally. I buy about $200 worth of groceries a month for my students. Learning is much easier and much more engaging when we are healthy, and, eating is fun and encourages social skills! Please help me out. I am a singe mom with a teenager of my own and it gets very hard to provide for my class. Thank you!



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