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Erin Johnston
Works at Enlightened Electric
Attended University of Texas at Austin
Lived in Panorama City, CA
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I have an amazing life!

After teaching public elementary, my wonderful husband decided to take the leap with me and supported my decision to stay home with our amazing daughter and center of our world.

Education and Learning has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember, and I believed the culmination of that passion was becoming a teacher. Turns out I was wrong. Very wrong.

What I now know is that my passion for education and learning begins and ends with a passion for my own quest for knowledge. I love learning about life, and nothing makes you a learner of life more than becoming a parent!

I am on a constant quest for knowledge and, even more importantly, a balance in my life - a balance of everything I hold dear - family, friends, and myself.

My husband and I decided to add a new and amazing rock to add to our balancing act - our own business! Enlightened Electric is the newest addition to our family, and one we are very proud to introduce to our world!
Bragging rights
mom to the absolute cutest preschooler ever
  • University of Texas at Austin
    Applied Learning and Development, 2004
  • Alemany High School
  • St. Genevieve's Elementary School
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WAHM, teacher, writer, editor, marketing, accountant, wife, mom, daughter, friend, confident, and juggler of all things life.
  • Enlightened Electric
    Owner, 2011 - present
  • Higher State Technology
    Business Manager, 2013 - present
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Panorama City, CA - Enumclaw, WA - Grand Forks AFB, ND - Austin, TX - Georgetown, TX
We LOVE the Inside Outside School! I have been following the school since it's opening year, and as an educator (former public school teacher), I love the blend of academics and outside time. From all that I can tell, they are taking the educational research that talks to what truly works in the best interest of children and applying it in all aspects of the school. The class sizes are small, there are many opportunities for mixed-age learning, there is direct teaching of core concepts, highly individualized learning, lots of outside and student-led activities, and an integrated social/emotional component that is woven throughout the structure of the days that helps our children learn one of the most valuable skills that will serve them through life - emotional intelligence! This is not an unstructured school - there is structure and academics happening even when it can appear unstructured. For instance, I volunteer once a week for Nature Literacy in "the woods" as my daughter calls it. I have watched students create amazing learning opportunities for themselves that are completely self-initiated. I've seen them perform experiments on the flow of the creek, figure out how to construct a dragon's lair with tree branches, create mud homes, and compare/contrast plants and rocks. This is all proof to me that these kids are learning HOW to learn and LOVE LEARNING! All things that make both my mommy heart and my teacher heart very happy. :) Our daughter is currently in the 1st grade in a 1st/2nd grade classroom. She came with a high reading level and (in my mind) a low math ability which was compounded with a self-esteem issue from her kinder experience in a local charter school. Her teacher has done an excellent job of finding out what she needs and providing her with opportunities to expand her learning and fill in the gaps she had. Within the first semester the esteem issues I was worried about have all but vanished, and she truly enjoys math as well as reading now! I love the way IOS approaches assessment of the students - there are no grades (which did make this former teacher a little nervous at first), but it has been replaced with anecdotal records that are far more meaningful than a single page of letter grades! I received a 10 page document that took me through the semester, explained what was learned in class and how my daughter is progressing. We used this document to review our previous goals and set new ones as a team - teacher, parents, and student. This is authentic learning at its best! I really cannot say enough about this school. Parents are encouraged to participate in the school day, and I love that this school is as welcoming to the parents as it is for the students. This school may not be for everyone, but I am confident that this is the school for our family and for our daughter. :)
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