Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Mark Johnson
After a long career working for a large interactive software company, I decided to make a change and enter the teaching profession. As a substitute teacher at Murdock-Portal in the past, I was inspired by the amazing staff, the innovative multi-age structure and the wonderful students. Now, I am very blessed to be part of the Kinder/1st Grade Portal team!
My family has a rich teaching background. My father taught high school mathematics for his entire career, while my sister and my wife are both middle school teachers. While earning my Master's Degree in Education, the focus of my thesis project was to discover the skills, abilities and interests that students develop at home and then incorporate those "funds of knowledge" into the classroom.
My wife and I grew up in the San Jose area. We have a boy and a girl who are in middle school and elementary school. Our family loves playing at the beach and going on trips to Lake Tahoe or Disneyland. I like to relax with a good book and listen to jazz music. I am very excited to be a Portal Penguin!