Working at Wheaton Christian Grammar School has allowed Eric Johnson, 6th grade Bible and Social Studies teacher, to bring all of who he is to his job. After making the move to Wheaton a few years ago, Eric and his wife were praying for a job closer to home as he spent over 10 hours a week commuting. When a 6th grade teaching position opened up, he applied, and the Lord answered their prayers with this job just minutes from home.
Eric loves to work with this age group because they learn and develop so much spiritually, academically, and socially. “As one of my co-workers said, ‘6th graders come in as elementary kids and leave as young adults.’ I love opening the Old Testament and showing them God’s great love from the epic of Eden, to the covenants, to the highs and lows of the judges. Seeing students wrestle with and grasp the complexity of the past and present in World Studies is a remarkable endeavor that I look forward to daily.”
Eric considers the ability to have an impact on his students’ lives as one of his highest callings and greatest joys as a teacher. Being present is one of the ways he supports his students, whether it’s hanging out in the hallways outside of class, or supporting them in their various activities.
I am blessed to be in a school where God has been on the move for over 75 years.