Dr. Rachel Johnson, Halton District School Board
Rachel Johnson, Ph.D., is the department head of science for the Halton District School Board in Ontario, Canada, and co-host of the “EduGals” podcast. A passionate secondary chemistry/science educator with over 12 years of experience in K-12, she has also worked as an innovation coach. Johnson’s first love is science, particularly biochemistry. She loves the subject so much that she completed her Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Toronto in 1997. While working on her doctorate, she quickly realized that working with students as both a teaching assistant and mentor within the lab was more fulfilling than the research itself. This led Johnson to the education field, and to earning a bachelor’s in education at the Ontario Institute of Education in 2010. Since earning her teaching credentials, she has been teaching in grades 9-12 science and mathematics classrooms. Johnson quickly discovered her passion for integrating technology into her classroom and, after several years as an eLearning teacher, completed her master’s in education at Ontario Tech University. There, she took all kinds of courses that nerded out on all things edtech. Johnson is a Google Certified Educator 1 and 2, a Google Certified Trainer and an active leader with the Global Google Educator Group. She’s also become obsessed with badges and has started a very nice collection from tools such as EdPuzzle, Screencastify, Wakelet, Book Creator and WeVideo. As the co-host of the “EduGals” podcast, Johnson is dedicated to unpacking current challenges in education and helping teachers leverage edtech in the classroom.
Sessions:Micro Podcasting in the Classroom