Hometown Mentor: Radford teacher shares lessons of kindness with students

Good News Notes:

In a time of division in the country, one local teacher is doing all she can to spread messages of love and compassion to her students. It’s one of many reasons WDBJ7 selected Jessica Johnson, a first grade teacher at McHarg Elementary School, as our October Hometown Mentor.

For the past decade, the Christiansburg native has been impacting local students as a teacher. While the current pandemic makes things a bit challenging, Johnson, like her colleagues, has adapted.

‘I want children to have that person who loves them,’ Johnson said. ‘I want them to know that when they come into my classroom that they have somebody that cares for them, and is invested in them, and loves them deeply.’

The way Johnson approached some of her lessons plans changed a bit following the tragic death of Christiansburg High School student Ashlyn Poole in the summer of 2018. As WDBJ7 reported, Ashlyn’s mother, Melissa, started a campaign called Acts 4 Ash, where people would do random acts of kindness for strangers. It was something Johnson also wanted to incorporate in schools.”

View the whole story here: https://www.wdbj7.com/2020/10/19/hometown-mentor-radford-teacher-shares-lessons-of-kindness-with-students/

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