George Lucas Educational Foundation

Johanna Rauhala

Peer Coach, Teacher, Writer, Parent

I am honored to work with teachers in my current role as a Peer Coach. In tandem with a wonderful team of colleagues, I support new teachers as they complete their clear credentials, and I provide differentiated professional development. I have taught middle school English, history, and communications for 17 years and I have an MA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in poetry. Professional areas of focus include equity, differentiation, building student and community relationships, and reflective practice.

Outside of work, I enjoy being with my husband, daughter, friends, and cat, reading all sorts of books, drinking coffee, and just thinking.

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  • Parent Partnership

    Building Relationships With Teachers

    A parent and former middle school teacher uses thank you notes at the start of the year to foster ties with her child’s teachers.
  • Teacher Wellness

    The Necessity of Boundaries

    There are limits to teachers’ time and energy. Recognizing that is important to best meet the needs of both teachers and students.
  • Teacher Wellness

    3 Assumptions Teachers Should Avoid

    Some assumptions can negatively impact your teaching practice. We have a few tips to combat three common ones.
  • Teacher Wellness

    Don’t Quit: 5 Strategies for Recovering After Your Worst Day Teaching

    Use these ideas to recover your sense of self and your joy in teaching.
  • Student Engagement

    Personalizing Engagement: Checking In Before They Check Out

    Through refocusing, clarifying instructions, and affirming progress, you can have a rich, deep impact on short- and long-term engagement one student at a time.
  • Teacher Wellness

    Don't Quit: 5 Strategies for Recovering After Your Worst Day Teaching

    To recover from your worst day of teaching, cry on a friendly shoulder, breathe, plan for community, prioritize, get perspective -- and please don't quit!