Mr. Larry Johnson
Mr. Johnson was raised in Mesa and graduated from Mesa High, MCC, and has a BS degree in Elementry Education, Secondary Education with a History major, and a Masters degree in Elementary Education from ASU. He has earned educational endorsements in History, Reading, English Language Learner (ELL), and Gifted education.
He began his teaching career in the fall of 1977 at Lindbergh Elementary School in Mesa as a 4th grade teacher before becoming a Junior High Social Studies Teacher at Taylor Jr. High in 1983. In 1991 he became one of the founding faculty members that opened up Brimhall Jr. High. In the fall of 2012 he came to Shepherd Jr. High and now teaches 8th grade gifted American Studies and regular 8th grade American Studies classes. For 18 years he has sponsored the Teen Court program and implements the program at Shepherd Jr. High that cooperatively works with the Maricopa Juvenile Probation Office.. He is the sponsor of the Close Up Club that travels to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and New York City in late April early May of each school year.
In 2005 Mr. Johnson was named one of the five finalist for Arizona Teacher of the Year and then recieved the honor of being named an Ambassador for Excellence in Education as a runner up. Since 2005 Mr. Johnson has served on the Arizona A+ state wide school recognition program and each school year he volunteers time to evaluate, promote, and recognize outstanding excellence in education across the State of Arizona.
Mr. Johnson is happily married to a Pre-K teacher and they have raised seven children and enjoy their eight grand children. He enjoys teaching and working with teenagers and believes all students can be successful if they choose to apply their learning to achieveing their goals and come to understand the value of work and perserverence.
It is with pleasure that Mr. Johnson welcomes all students to his Social Studies classes here at Shepherd Junior High School. It is his goal to help eacj student improve and apply their knowledge and skills in reading, writing, research, critical thinking, problem solving and gain a great appreciation of the importance of historical and civic education that will enable them to become our future leaders.