julie_johnson.jpgJulie Johnson

Science Teacher


Why did you become a teacher?

One of the reasons I wanted to become a teacher is because I knew I wanted to make a difference. My grandmother was also a teacher. She died before I was born, but friends and neighbors would often tell me stories of how she made a difference in their lives and I wanted to carry that on. My grandfather lived with us when I was growing up and he really sparked my desire to teach science. He was very knowledgeable about nature and taught me a lot about plants, animals and soil.

BlueSky meets the needs of students on many different levels.

Why did you choose BlueSky?

I chose BlueSky because it is nontraditional. I wanted to be a part of something innovative, challenging and different.

What do you think makes BlueSky special?

The staff is very motivated and driven. I like working with people who do what they say they will do. Another important aspect is the students. Our students are very diverse, and I appreciate them all.

What do you like to do when you're not teaching?

When I am not teaching, we enjoy spending time on the lake. My children and husband ride and race dirt bikes. I prefer to stay on four wheels, so I ride the 4 wheeler. I also own a greenhouse and enjoy gardening.

If there were one thing you could tell people about BlueSky, what would it be?

BlueSky meets the needs of students on many different levels.


  • B.S. Earth Science Secondary Education, St. Cloud State University
  • B.S. General Science, St. Cloud State University
  • MAEd. Natural Science and Environmental Education, Hamline University
  • Minnesota Teaching Licenses: 5-9 Science, 7-12 Earth and Space Science