Oakland Technical High School
Johanna Langill has always enjoyed explaining things and teaching others. She grew up homeschooled and recalls setting up a “school” in her garage to teach her siblings. “I was unconsciously living out my love of teaching until one day I finally realized that teaching was what I always wanted to do.” A love for mathematics and desire to study the subject at a higher level allowed her to combine both passions.
Johanna studied mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, with the ultimate plan of becoming a teacher. “I was especially aware of the aspects of mathematics that I enjoyed, as well as the characteristics of teachers that I found inspiring.” She also spent a year studying international perspectives on math education at Cambridge University and summers working as a volunteer teacher in Central America. These experiences convinced her that she had made the right career choice.
Johanna has taught algebra as a long-term substitute teacher at Saint Mary’s College High School. She has fond memories of teaching an inquiry-based lesson on magic squares that allowed students to experience problem-solving and the beauty of mathematics. As a KSTF Fellow, Johanna enjoys being part of a community that is focused on constant growth and improvement. Johanna is a sign language interpreter and enjoys hula and salsa dancing.