Holly Johnston

Holly Johnston

Title: Music Teacher
Company: Niskayuna Central School District
Location: Niskayuna, New York, United States

Holly Johnston, Music Teacher at Niskayuna Central School District, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.

With more than 25 years of professional excellence to her credit, Mrs. Johnston has found much success as an elementary music teacher for the Niskayuna Central School District in New York. Having obtained a Master of Science in Education in curriculum development and Instructional Technology at SUNY Albany during her tenure with the aforementioned district, she previously developed her instructional expertise at Maine’s Regional School Unit 74, where she established a district choir for her buildings and was presented with two grants from the Maine Trout Foundation.

Furthermore, Mrs. Johnston has received continuous grant support from Niskayuna Friends of Music and Rosendale Parent Teacher Organization for enrichment projects to engage her students, including supplying 2,000 music instrument kit bags to setting up digital audio workstations to hosting outdoor recorder playing for Native American studies. As well as being an educator, she has been a steadfast volunteer ever since her experiences with Mission International during her collegiate studies; her current endeavors include supporting a child through Food for the Hungry in Bangladesh and contributing to the American Indian College Fund.

In Maine as well as in New York, Mrs. Johnston was greatly inspired by her collaborations with both teachers and teacher assistants toward her pursuit of excellence in modifying instruction for student with special needs. She has also refined her skills via extracurricular webinars, e.g. Dr. Temple Grandin, PhD, a foremost leader and author speaking as an adult with ASD, LBGTQ for individuals on the spectrum, and topics in Social Emotional Learning for the Arts presented by the National Association for Music Education.

In 2020, Mrs. Johnston became a Carnegie Hall Explorer for world music and genres, and remains responsible for music and movie lessons for 1,900 grade school students in her district, averaging 1,000 new files each month and cementing her as her district’s highest producer of Screencastify videos. She attributes her success to her unwavering love of her students and striving for whatever helps her connect with every one of them in some way. In her well-deserved retirement, Mrs. Johnston hopes to train and work as a grant writer for non-profit organizations.

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