HI, I’m Sheila Johnson
Education Specialist & ConsultantMORE ABOUT ME
Education Specialist & ConsultantMORE ABOUT ME
Sheila Johnson is an independent education consultant who specializes in creating tomorrow’s thinkers and leaders by supporting their academic, language, and emotional achievement in school. She uses a developmental approach to assist students to believe and achieve.
Sheila has developed STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) curriculum in the elementary grades to expand children’s skills in thinking, reasoning, problem solving and creativity—skills that impact reading, writing and math development. Her experience with STEM has led to partnerships with major universities and colleges in Massachusetts. In addition to STEM, she has developed English Language Arts and math curricula that manifest an increase in test scores in formal standardized assessments.
As a practitioner, Sheila is certified in Wilson Phonic Reading, ProJect Read—Phonology/Written Expression/Comprehension, LindaMood Bell—Visualizing and Verbalizing, Open Court Reading, Bay State Readers, John Collins—Writing Across the Curriculum, Story Grammar Marker, and Semple Math, as well as additional reading, writing and math programs.
Sheila’s expertise as a diagnostician has proven invaluable to families. She is certified, trained and able to administer formal, informal, standardized, criterion-based assessments in reading, writing and math, as follows: Woodcock-Johnson R and III Standardized Assessment, Battelle Development Inventory-2, KeyMath, Wide Range Achievement test 3, Elkwall/Shanker Reading Inventory, Qualitative Reading Inventory, Gray Oral reading test, Brigance, and DIBELS. She has used the results to implement action steps for her clients, rule out the presence of a learning disability and discover gifted talents. She has presented in workshops and consulted with families using diagnostic tools for their empowerment.
Sheila has over fourteen years of experience as a licensed general educator and teacher of students with disabilities. After a BA degree with a focus in Deaf Education and Special Needs, Sheila earned a graduate degree in Moderate Disabilities and qualified to teach English as a Second Language (ESL). Her work includes but is not limited to working with children with challenging socioeconomic backgrounds and developmental/language delays. She supports social justice and equity for all children. She was the guest speaker at Children Discovering Justice in Boston, Massachusetts. She has delivered many lectures on parent rights in the Boston Public School System.
Sheila believes that with an effective education advocate, progress can be achieved.
Sheila’s goal is to work with the family, student, school and relevant personnel to assure the student receives appropriate education to achieve their highest potential. She represents the family and student with specific goals to address their needs and assist in participating in all educational programs and activities.
Sheila is trained in various formal and informal, standardized and non-standardized, and criteria-based reading, writing, and math assessments. For example, she tests the student’s academic ability, personality and behavior, and ability to process information. After testing, she will write a comprehensive report of testing outcomes, available to the family and school districts.
As a practitioner, Sheila’s specialized background with formal reading, writing and math programs has helped many students reach their academic goals and empowered them to become self-learners and critical thinkers.
As a reading tutor, Sheila helps students who have trouble with learning the sounds various letter combinations make; she helps students who may read too slowly or have a hard time making the words flow well; and she helps students boost their reading comprehension.
As a writing tutor, she explicitly teaches the six areas of the writing process (brainstorming, writing, self-evaluation, revising, editing and publishing). She can help the student understand and use writing rules and conventions more effectively, or just to learn how to write in general.
As a math tutor, Sheila helps students by providing instructions in math and quantitative sciences. Sheila provides these instructions in a step-by-step way for the student to fully understand the process of problem-solving. Sheila does this in a motivating presentation style, making the abstract concrete with the use of visuals and other engaging methods, to help students learn basic and advanced math concepts.
Sheila believes the most important piece in designing curriculum is the target audience that the curriculum is intended for. A creative and purposeful design must be consciously planned in stages (specifications, conceptualizing, development, and refining) and must be compatible with the curricula of the other levels. With these components, the curriculum will be very effective.
What is an IEP? What is a 504 plan? An IEP (Individualized Education Program) is a commitment in writing of the resources the school agrees to provide based upon the individual needs of each student. Periodic reviews of the IEP serve as an evaluation of the student’s progress toward meeting educational goals and objectives. A 504 plan (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of The Americans with Disabilities Act) extends civil rights to students with a physical or mental impairment in order for them to more equitably access their public school curriculum.
You may need IEP and 504 assistance if:
your relationship with the school has turned bad
you feel overwhelmed with special education laws and regulations
you need a professional opinion handling the daunting paperwork involved with special education
or you just need an ear, to be heard.
Sheila is skilled in assisting with IEP and 504 support: evaluating students, establishing sensible priorities, negotiating effective IEPs and 504 plans, and establishing a track record for collaborative success for students’ progress in public school systems.