Elizabeth Lee Johnson, Ph.D.Elizabeth Lee Johnson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Coordinator of the Elementary Education Program

Department of Education
One University Boulevard
Bluffton, SC  29909
Bluffton campus

Elizabeth Lee Johnson, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Elementary Education Program in the Department of Education at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Dr. Johnson’s research focuses on the use of math manipulatives for teaching mathematical concepts to elementary and early childhood learners.

Dr. Johnson received a B.S. in Elementary Education in 1984, and M.Ed. in Elementary Education in 1992. She completed work on professional development in Administrative Leadership and Curriculum in 1999, all at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, S.C. She earned a Ph.D. in Elementary Education at the University of South Carolina in 2014.

Dr. Johnson launched her career in 1989 teaching third and fifth grades at the Belleview Elementary School in Rock Hill. In 1993, she moved to the Finley Road Elementary School to teach fifth grade. In 2004, she journeyed to Salvador, Brazil, where she taught math and science at the Pan American School of Bahia. Returning to the U.S. in 2006, she became a Course Instructor and Supervisor of Internships I and II at the University of South Carolina. In 2010, she returned to Winthrop University as a Course Instructor and Supervisor. She joined the USCB faculty in 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Education.

Dr. Johnson has presented at annual conferences of the Association of American Schools in South America in Brazil and Venezuela. She has also delivered scholarly presentations at local and national faculty meetings and conferences.

She earned a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification in 2001 and a recertification in 2011. She was the Finley Road School Teacher of the Year in 2001, and a Rock Hill Foundation Grants recipient in 2000 and 2003,

Dr. Johnson is the faculty advisor to the Education Majors Club at USCB. The club provides an opportunity for pre-education majors to meet with Education department faculty, support personnel and peers in a roundtable format each month.

Dr. Johnson teaches math and science methods for early childhood and elementary, elementary curriculum and assessment, and classroom management for early childhood and elementary. In addition, she supervises practicum students and interns in the professional program.

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