Wintre Foxworth Johnson, a former early childhood teacher, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education. She holds a Ph.D. in Reading/Writing/Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, where she was named a National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellow and awarded the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color (CNV) fellowship. Prior to joining UVA EHD, Johnson served as a Teacher Leadership Coach with the equity-focused policy and practice non-profit organization Teach Plus.
Johnson’s scholarship lies at the nexus of sociocultural literacy studies, critical race scholarship, and civic pedagogies for young children. Her research has two primary aims: 1. to examine the relationship between teaching and learning in race-conscious and social justice-oriented elementary school settings, 2. to investigate the sociopolitical development of children from historically marginalized communities, with particular focus on Black children’s educational experiences and racial awareness. A forthcoming article based on her dissertation research will be featured in the January 2022 issue of the peer-reviewed journal Language Arts.