Ruthee John
SLD Teacher

Dear Parents & Students…  Hello!!! 

My name is Ruthee John and I am excited to be teaching in the Mesa Public School District at Johnson Elementary as a Specific Learning Disabilty (SLD) teacher.   The Mesa Public School District is highly regarded as providing educational opportunities for its students.  I am honored and delighted to be apart of a team effort to better students’ lives. 

Currently I have a double BA in Special Education/General Education and have earned a Masters degree in Educational Technology as well. Additionally,  I earned an Early Childhood endorsement and SEI certification. I have been trained in numerous remedial programs. At Johnson Elementary, I teach Specific Learning Disabilities Resource and do both a pull-out model and push-in model working closely with general education teachers. Over the past 10 years,  I have taught in several different special education positions here in Mesa Public Schools. 

My philosophy of education evolves around assisting each student to experience success in and out of the classroom.  I believe very strongly that every student can learn and be successful as long as they are provided with the appropriate resources.  As a special education teacher, I feel I can inspire students to develop lifelong skills that will ensure a better future for all.  My goal is to help your child grow emotionally, socially, and academically.  I am confident that I can make a worthwhile contribution to this school and classroom by providing opportunities for students to develop social and communication skills that will serve as tools throughout their lives.  My mission is to make a lasting impression on my students as well as inspire them to always give full effort in all they do.

The best way we can ensure success for your child is COMMUNICATION. Please do not hesitate to email or call me with any questions or concerns regarding your child. I look forward to being partners in your child's education. 


Student Practice Click on the links to extend your practice at home!


A variety of games for Reading and Math

Tumble Books

Scroll down and look for BLUE button

Dolch Sight Word Practice

Independent Practice

Pebble Go

pre-K to grade 3 database for reading and research
Username: mps4 Password: search

Starfall Alphabet

Highly engaging activity that assists with knowing the sounds and letters in the alphabet.


A collection of phonic activities.

Turtle Diary

Practice matching upper and lowercase letters.

PBS Kids: Rhyming Games

A variety of games that focus on rhyming.

Funbrain Jr.

Games, stories, and printables for Reading and Math.

Have Fun Teaching Songs

Various Songs
Letter Songs, Sight Words, Counting

Mr. McGlover YouTube Page

A great resource for your student when learning add and subtract.

Parent Resources Here are some helpful links for parents who have students with a disability.

Developmental Timeline

Is your child meeting developmental milestones for their age?

Fine Motor Activities for the Home

Activities that will help develop fine motor skills

Teaching Independence & Responsibility

Tips to help with teaching children to be responsible and independent.

Positive Discipline

Seven tips for practicing positive discipline.

Parent University Classes

Local Classes offered to Parents

Master's Graduation

Graduation Photo of Mrs. John

Johnson Elementary Calendar

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