Kaija Johnson heads Write On’s program for youth. Kaija joined the organization in summer 2016 and leads free family activities as well as classes for young writers and readers.
Kaija, daughter of restaurant owners Kris and JJ Johnson, grew up in Sister Bay and attended k-12 Gibraltar School in Fish Creek. Following graduation from the University of Wisconsin—LaCrosse, where she earned her teaching degree, she spent time working in the Dominican Republic organizing art and English classes for disadvantaged youth. She returned to Door County to teach 5th grade at Gibraltar School where she was a much-loved teacher and was involved in starting a 5thgrade after-school writing club that helped start Write On’s programming.
Kaija took part in a summer writing program at Columbia University’s Teachers College led by Lucy Calkins, author of many well-regarded writing resources. The program emphasizes the development of children’s writing techniques which Kaija will bring to Write On. She looks forward to teaching children to write with love as well as to develop a love of reading and writing.