Mrs Julie Johnson
Position: West Houseparent, Head of International
Qualifications: BA Queen's Belfast, MA Ulster
Telephone: 01280 818415, 01280 818826, 07825 788244
Life before Stowe
Following my Masters Degree, I started my teaching career as a university lecturer in TESOL in Northern Ireland before moving to Bellerbys College, London. I then taught English Literature and English Language from Third Form to A2 Level at Concord College, Shrewsbury for five years, where I was also Housemistress of a Sixth Form girls’ boarding house and a Sixth Form tutor. I joined Stowe as an English teacher; Assistant Housemistress and Sixth Form tutor in 2008 and moved to my Head of Department role in September 2010 and became Houeparent of West in 2015.
What do you enjoy most about your subject?
English is a broad, rich and multi-faceted subject encompassing both language and literature. Mastering the technicalities of the English language opens up a whole new world of appreciation for quality literature and writing: it is the ability to recognise subtle nuances in meaning, lexical and syntactical variations and linguistic techniques that enables one to develop sophistication as a reader, while the practical application of such techniques produces maturity and flair in writing. It is rewarding to have a role in empowering students to become effective communicators who can succeed in a world where oral and written communication skills are of paramount importance.
What do you enjoy most about Stowe?
My colleagues, my students, the beautiful surroundings and the vibrant Stowe community!
What is your favourite Lesson?
Lessons which inspire pupils to think independently and participate fully, such as structured debates on current affairs, and that moment of epiphany in a lesson when a concept is understood.
What do others say about you?
Calm, consistent and approachable with high standards and expectations.
I am Houseparent for West House with my husband Roland.
Spending holidays in County Down with my husband, sons and wider family; French, France and French Literature (particularly Voltaire, Pagnol, Flaubert, Emile Zola); 20th Century American literature, modern Irish literature/drama; attending theatrical performances, classical music concerts (Ulster orchestra), operas and ballets. I also enjoy a range of sports including playing tennis and badminton, kayaking, skiing, eventing (equestrian) and I try to brush up on my clarinet and piano skills when time permits.