Meet Stacy Johnson

Johnson recognized as Special Education Programs September 2019 Educator of the Month

Congratulations to Stacy Johnson, the September 2019 Educator of the Month from the San Joaquin County Office of Education’s (SJCOE) Special Education Programs!  Stacy began working for the SJCOE in 2005, but her career in education began over 26 years ago, working in Head Start programs. Currently, Stacy serves as an instructional assistant at Jefferson School.  She is noted as being a true leader who consistently works hard to provide her students with opportunities and experiences for learning.  Learn more about Stacy and what she has to say about her experience as an instructional assistant here:


What do you love about working in a special education classroom? I love seeing the faces of the children light up when they accomplish something.  I love watching them grow.  I love being part of their growth.  

Why did you choose a career in education?  When my oldest son was in the Head Start program he was diagnosed with autism.  The specialist and the teaching staff were so kind to him and me. They helped me understand what we were dealing with.  This had a huge impact on my life, and when I started learning how to care for a child with autism, they were there to help me.  I decided that this is what I wanted to do with my life.  I want students and parents that I work with to have the same care and understanding that was given to me and my son.  I wanted to “pay it forward.”


What is something your colleagues would be surprised to learn about you?  I am not a Veterinarian, but I do play one at home. I take in and care for animals.  I tend to keep them all if I can’t re-home them.  

What makes a good day at school for you?  It is a good day when all the kids are busy, safe, and happy.  


Outside of the classroom, what are your likes, hobbies, and interests?  Most of my time outside of work is at home with my family and critters.  I love going to church, creating cool stuff, and working outside.


Posted: 9/6/2019