Ms. Johnson

Reading and Math Specialist

Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson is a Reading and Math Specialist. She graduated cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with an M. Ed degree in Special Education: Learning Disabilities. She has been an educator for over 17 years. Lisa developed an interest in working with kids with special needs when she was working with children at her son’s preschool. While completing her student teaching in undergraduate and graduate school Lisa had the rare opportunity to learn and practice the Orton-Gillingham method of reading instruction. She obtained the Advanced Level of Orton-Gillingham training in 2005.

Upon graduating from UNCC, she briefly taught as a Special Education teacher in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system. Dissatisfied with what the school system was providing for kids with learning differences, she sought employment at a school that truly cared for the needs of the whole child. She wrote a letter to Dore Academy that she was looking to teach at a school that showed integrity for children and their needs. Lisa also communicated that she wanted to teach at a school that did not ‘teach to a test’, as this practice did a great disservice to kids with learning differences. She was called for an interview to the school and hired as a 5th grade classroom teacher in 2002.

Lisa has worked at the school in a variety of teaching roles. She has taught 5th grade, computer technology, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Math in Lower School, N.C. History, 8th grade Literature, Report Form, all levels of Reading Tutorial, and Lower and Middle School Reading Comprehension. She sees her role as not just being a teacher of academics, but one that teaches to the social/psychological needs of each child.

Lisa is the proud (but nervous) parent of a 21 year old United States Marine, Thomas, who currently resides in Washington D.C.

Degree and Credentials

University of North Carolina at CharlotteBA K-12 Special Education, M. Ed. Learning Disabilities

  • Orton-Gillingham Certified Level Training: Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced
  • Courses and Morphology. Direct Fellow Supervision-RT Consistencies, Grammar,
  • Paragraph Instruction, Writing, Sequence, text structure
  • Teaching Fellow-Executive Function in the LD Classroom-Teaching Fellows Institute 2014
  • Wilson Methodology Training
  • Lindamood-Bell- Visualizing and Verbalizing
  • Key Learning Center- Project Read: Phonics, Written Expression, Linguistics, and Story Form
  • Handwriting Without Tears to support OT practices
  • Athena’s Path- Character Education
  • Teaching Fellow-Executive Function in the LD Classroom-Teaching Fellows Institute 2014
  • Diverse Learners Certificate: Meeting Individual Needs-2013 Hill Center
  • Study Skills-2011-Hill Center
  • Understanding Learning Differences-2012 Hill Center
  • Phonics-Breaking the Code-2010-Hill Center
  • Project Read-Linguistics, Story Form, Report Form, Written Expression-2008
  • Autism in the LD Classroom-2014
  • Orton Techniques in Math-Key School-2013
  • Dawn Keller-Autism Spectrum in the Classroom-2012
  • Orton Techniques in Math-Key School-2013
  • Child and Family Development-Behavior Management-2016
  • Dawn Keller-Autism Spectrum in the Classroom-2012
  • Gary Patrick- Learning Differences, Elizabeth Reyes- “Corrective Learning: How to Treat the Causes of Learning Problem Instead of Treating the Symptoms”
  • ASD- Dr. Gary Patrick
  • Kerry Richmond- Conners – Effective Communication Within the School Setting
  • Nicole Cyphert OT- Self Regulation / Sensory Needs
  • Rediker Training
  • SmartBoard Training
  • First Aid Training

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