Meet a New Teacher

Samantha Johnson, Fourth Grade Teaching Fellow

Samantha graduated from Hendrix College this past spring with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies. She is excited to be at Trinity for her first year of teaching where she will join our fourth-grade team as a teaching fellow.

Q: Describe yourself in three words.

A: Motivated, outgoing, happy.

Q: What inspired you to teach?

A: Teaching has always been an important part of my life. I come from a family of educators and it has brought great joy to them to teach. I love working with children and think they are absolutely brilliant!

Q: Why Trinity?

A: Everyone at Trinity is so incredibly friendly. Trinity is truly committed to helping each student reach their full potential in each and every way possible. The faculty and staff are willing to help each other which creates a warm, loving atmosphere.

Q: What are you most looking forward to as the fall semester starts?

A: I am brand new to Trinity this year and I am extremely excited to be joining the 4th grade team. I am most looking forward to meeting students and getting to know them over the next year.

Q: What advice do you have for parents as they navigate how different school might look in the fall?

A: To keep on trying! It’s important to acknowledge that this is an extremely strange time with its own unique challenges. But, it is comforting to know that we are all in this together and that it is only temporary! All of the staff and faculty are here to make this school year as smooth as possible.

Q: What do you feel is the biggest challenge young children face today?

A: The biggest challenge that young children face today is growing up in a time where there is so much change happening extremely fast in our society. This includes technology with social media, issues with the realm of social justice and even something such as COVID-19. I know these things are hard for me sometimes so I feel like this bustling, fast-paced culture we live in can be difficult to navigate through as a young child.

Q: What motivates you?

A: The thing that motivates me the most is the opportunity to become the best version of myself. I truly believe that an individual can keep improving and learning, even if it is just a little bit each day. I think it’s important to embrace change and happiness can go along with that.

Q: Do you have a favorite quote, mantra, or philosophy you teach by?

A: I love the idea of giving and receiving grace while learning. I think it is important to understand that learning new things can be tough at times but that it is a process. It is important to offer grace and understanding to others but, it is just as important to give that to yourself as well! I think that this philosophy is even more significant as we try to successfully learn virtually.

Q: What would be the soundtrack to your classroom?

A: I think that it would be a playlist full of Disney songs! If I had to pick one, it would probably be the soundtrack from the movie, Aladdin. All of the songs are so catchy and fun.

Q: What do you love doing in your spare time?

A: Watching movies is definitely my favorite thing to do in my free time. I really love watching documentaries since I think it’s an interesting way to learn about a variety of topics.

Q: What current pop culture trend baffles you?

A: I think a slightly confusing trend that I’ve seen is canned or boxed water. I do think it’s great to find alternatives to plastic bottles, but it does throw me off guard a little!

Q: What's the last book you read?

A: The last book I read was ‘Whistling Vivaldi’ by social psychologist, Claude Steele. This book is about the research found by the author regarding stereotypes and identity and how being aware of these can help us overcome or manage them.