Johnson Elementary Preschool
Room 8 Mrs. Vanessa Eckman

E-mail:      Phone: 480-472-6808

Welcome to Preschool

This is a wonderful time in your child's life and I am so honored to be a part of this truly amazing time! I have taught for over 23 years and Johnson Elementary is an amazing school that I know you and your child will love as much as I do!  

I am a native Montanan and graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education.  I loved being a teacher so much I wanted to learn innovative ways to teach children, so I obtained a Master of Arts in Teaching from Grand Canyon University.  I have a Special Education Early Childhood Endorsement, Reading Endorsement, as well as  English as a Second Language Endorsement.  My teaching experience encompasses Preschool, Kindergarten, Pre-First, and Reading Intervention (first through sixth grade). My love and passion is literacy and phonemic awareness.  Nothing is more thrilling than witnessing children develop skills in reading and language and I look forward to sharing my passions with your child.

On a personal note, I have been married for over 26 years and we have two boys that currently attend schools within Mesa Public School District.  As a family we like to visit museums, the zoo, take nature walks, and bird watching. I also enjoy a good book and a good movie.  


Preparing your child for success in school

What to expect in ECSE and PEER program at Johnson

What does preschool look like?

Mrs. Eckman's class in action!

What is the PEER program at Johnson?

Information about PEER program

Enrollment and Registration for PEER program

How to enroll your child in the PEER program

Preschool Photos/News


Arizona Learning Standards

Tool to assist in creating learning experiences for Preschoolers

District Calendar

Includes school breaks and holidays

Educational Websites


Great site for literacy

PBS Kids

Great site for math, reading, and more!


Great for reading and math

Storyline Online

Books on video


Wide range of science education
User name: mps4 Password: search

Tumble Books

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Turtle Diary

Alphabet games
designed for preschoolers

Turtle Diary

Math games
designed for preschoolers

Mrs. Eckman

Mrs. Eckman and her family taking selfie at Grand Canyon

Mrs. Eckman and her family taking selfie at Grand Canyon

Parent Resources

Welcome Letter

Important preschool information
for new and returning students

Developmental Screenings

Information on getting a child screened
What to expect and who to call

Developmental Timeline

Is your child meeting developmental
milestones for their age?

Preschool Music

Music your Preschooler will love

Dialogic Reading

Tips on how to read to a Preschooler

Parent University

Free classes that will help you teach your child

Watch Mrs. Eckman teaching Zoo Phonics

Learn the sounds and actions that
your child will do in class.

Watch Mrs. Eckman teaching numerals

Multi-sensory approach to
teaching numbers 1-20