Natalya Johnson

Second Grade

About me:

Hello! My name is Natalya Johnson and I am the second grade teacher at Nasha Shkola. I am originally from Moscow, Russia. I moved to the U.S. when I was eight years old. I currently live in Golden Valley with my wonderful husband and our two young daughters. This will be my fourth year teaching at Nasha Shkola and I look forward to the brand new school year!

The part of teaching that is the most rewarding for me:

I love seeing the growth in students’ learning over the course of the school year. It’s always rewarding to see the “light bulb” moments when they understand new material and their excitement over lessons.

For me fun is:

  1. Playing at the beach with my family
  2. Riding my bike
  3. Reading a good book
  4. Watching a mystery movie with my husband
  5. Going on long weekend drives
  6. Going to the art museum


I received my Early Childhood Education Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Professional teaching experiences:

  • 2nd grade teacher at Nasha Shkola
  • Student teacher in a 3rd grade classroom at Sheridan Hills Elementary in Richfield
  • Student teacher in a preschool classroom at the Shirley G. Moore Laboratory School at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
  • Russian language teacher in various beginner-level classrooms at the Russian Education Center of Minnesota in Savage

Curriculum Highlights

Skills students should know and be able to do by the end of the 2nd grade:

  • Read and comprehend main ideas.
  • Retell what happened in a story including main ideas, details about characters, setting and events.
  • Make connections to their own background knowledge.
  • Identify and describe characteristics of different genres of literature.
  • Write in complete sentences with appropriate punctuation.
  • Use capital letters correctly.
  • Use and understand contractions.
  • Write stories with a beginning, middle, and end.
  • Be able to do basic research from a non-fiction book.
  • Understand and use first-person and third-person point of view.
  • Edit his/her own writing for spelling and punctuation.
  • Read and make graphs.
  • Write numbers in word form.
  • Add two and three-digit numbers.
  • Subtract two and three-digit numbers.
  • Know the order of addition and subtraction operations.
  • Know the addition and subtraction fact families.
  • Start learning multiplication and division fact families.
  • Recognize patterns.
  • Round whole numbers to the nearest 10.
  • Know place value to the thousands.
  • Understand money including coins and bills, counting, adding and subtracting money.
  • Be able to measure length, weight, and passage of time.
  • Recognize two-dimensional geometric figures.
  • Solve word problems.
  • Demonstrate voting skills, identify rules that keep a voting process fair, and explain why voting is important.
  • Understand and describe the opportunity cost of a choice.
  • Understand microeconomic concepts including interactions between buyers and sellers in a market and how it determines the price and quantity exchanged of a good, service, or resource.
  • Use maps to identify and locate major landmarks or physical features in the United States.
  • Locate key features on a map or globe and use cardinal directions to describe the relationship between two or more features.
  • Use historical records and artifacts to describe how people’s lives have changed over time.
  • Describe how the culture of a community reflects the history, daily life or beliefs of its people.
  • Ask who, what, when, where, why, and how questions based on scientific knowledge, observations, and investigations.
  • Selects and uses appropriate tools when making observations and recording data.
  • Describe the characteristics of plants at different stages of their life cycle.
  • Describe and sort plants into groups according to their physical characteristics.
  • Measure, record, and describe weather conditions using common tools.
  • Understand the function of gravity.
  • Describe objects in terms of color, size, shape, weight, texture, flexibility, strength, and the types of materials in the object.

Hello families! I am so excited to be your child’s second grade teacher at Nasha Shkola. I look forward to working with you in helping your child succeed in school. Children greatly benefit from strong connections between home and school, so please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. I look forward to meeting and working with you this year!

Natalya Johnson
Please feel free to contact me any time!

    About Nasha Shkola

    Nasha Shkola — Russian for Our School — is an academically rigorous K-8 charter school, providing a highly-structured learning environment for students interested in Russian language and culture.

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      School Info

      Nasha Shkola
      6717 85th Ave North
      Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

      Phone: 763-496-5550
      Fax: 763-424-8520

      School Hours
      Monday – Friday:
      8:30 am – 4:30 pm

      Office Hours
      Monday – Friday:
      8 am – 4 pm