Johnson Shelburne is recognized by the school department

STAUNTON — Brandi Johnson taught her students in both first and seventh grade. At the time, she assumed that elementary school would be her calling, and to be honest, she was a little afraid of teaching high school.

Everything changed quickly. She realized that first grade was not for her, and actually fell in love with teaching seventh graders. Twenty years later, she is still teaching seventh grade.

“They’re just so funny and compassionate,” Johnson said. “They get a bad rap, but I don’t know, I just clicked on them.”

She taught in Norfolk for two years before moving to Staunton. She is in her 18th year teaching language at Shelburne High School. Johnson was named Staunton City Schools Teacher of the Year at Monday night’s school board meeting.

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