Meet Emily Johnson

When Emily Johnson was in middle school in L.A.'s San Fernando Valley, her parents moved the family to Lawrence, Kansas. It was a tough transition on top of the usual changes kids that age go through.

Emily stayed long enough to get her BA in English and Women's Studies with honors from the University of Kansas (spending her junior year in London). She then left for San Francisco where she lived until returning to L.A. in 2017. She completed her Teaching Credential at San Francisco State University, and her MA in Education Leadership and Administrative Services Credential at Mills College in Oakland.

She taught 7th and 8th grades at the Old Orchard School in Campbell, CA, and followed that with a decade at The Nueva School in Hillsborough, first as a teacher, then head of lower school.

At Wildwood, she's happily back in middle school. "Middle schoolers are interesting people to spend time with," she says. "They're emerging from a literal understanding of the world to be able to grapple with more nuanced views." The school's job: to provide a safe, nurturing place to explore new ideas.

She's happily exploring L.A.'s ocean bike rides and diverse cuisines. As a chef, she enjoys sampling seasonal food and challenging herself to use all parts of a vegetable. It's a little like her approach to a progressive education, "which is about authentic learning experiences," Emily says. "The world is inherently fascinating. Dive into it."


Director of Middle School + LA Native + Fan of Fiction + Foodie + Bike Rider + Stock-from-Scratch Maker

K–12th grades, authentically progressive since 1971.

Elementary School

12201 Washington Place
Los AngelesCA 90066
(310) 397-3134

Middle and Upper School

11811 Olympic Boulevard
Los AngelesCA 90064
(310) 478-7189
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