Ms. Karen Johnson

Phone: (208) 772-5006


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Ms. Karen Johnson

My name is Karen Johnson and I have been teaching Physical Education and Health since 1989.  I started my career in the Seattle area teaching and coaching Junior High, but missed Idaho. I moved back to the Coeur d’Alene area two years later and have been teaching Elementary Physical Education for ever since. I feel like the luckiest teacher of all because kids love to move. My goal is to teach children how to move appropriately, know the basic skills of how to be effective in that movement, to always use good sportsmanship and to love being active for life. So many studies have proven that movement and fitness increases students understanding and test scores across all academic subjects and for a lifetime of good health. It is with great joy that I share your children’s experiences in movement and hope to instill this fun and knowledge for life.

It is my goal to help children learn to love physical activity. But it is you, their primary life teacher, who can model an active lifestyle to create a healthier child for life. Family fitness and activities are a great way to spend quality time with your children. Need some ideas? Ask your child. Children love to move and invent games. I bet you will be impressed with what they come up with. Want more ideas? I would be happy to help you come up with some activities that will suit your family.

Please be sure your child wears APPROPRIATE clothes and SHOES on their P.E. day. (For example: shorts under skirts/dresses, bring athletic shoes if wearing boots, sandals, or dress shoes, and layers are always a good idea as we often run around and get hot in class.) I can not stress enough the importance of proper foot wear in P.E. Your child needs an athletic shoe that ties, uses Velcro, or zips snugly to prevent twisted ankles. Skate shoes are not athletic shoes and are not appropriate for P.E. PROPER FOOT WEAR IS NECESSARY for your child’s safety so they can fully participate and enjoy P.E.

Physical Education grades are based on sportsmanship. In grades 3-5 wearing proper foot wear is also reflected in their sportsmanship grade.

Please let me know if there are any health concerns regarding your child. If you have any questions or concerns regarding you child’s physical education program, please feel free to call me.