Johnsie Nesmith

Johnsie Nesmith with Book


Teaching kindergarten is such an exciting job because of the immense growth that happens during a student’s first year in school. My role as a kindergarten teacher is to help my students develop a love of learning both in and outside of the classroom, while encouraging their social and emotional growth. I want to help my students work collaboratively, build critical thinking skills, and contribute to our classroom community so that it can be a place they feel comfortable asking questions and exploring new ideas.

Professional Background

I graduated from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education (GO HOOS!), where I received my master’s degree in elementary education and my bachelor’s degree in psychology. I am so excited to continue my career at Discovery and even more excited that it will be with my favorite age group!

Personal Interests

Having grown up in Richmond with a parent who also went to UVA, I am a huge Virginia sports fan, as well as a Seattle Seahawks fan. You can catch me in Charlottesville at my family’s tailgate on fall weekends. We are still waiting for that winning football season…! I live in Washington, D.C., so I also love exploring its new restaurants, shops, and farmers markets with friends. When I’m not out and about in the city, I’m likely home trying out a new recipe from one of my many cookbooks!

Literary Connection

I don’t know that I could pick just one favorite book, but one of my current favorites is The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak. Reading this book aloud allows students to use only their imaginations to think about what they’re hearing, and it allows me to use as many crazy voices as I want! It’s also a great way to facilitate a conversation about the role of words in a book, how to read with expression, and the idea that we can write about anything that comes to our minds.


  • Mathematics - Kindergarten
  • Reading - Kindergarten
  • Social Studies - Kindergarten
  • Language Arts - Kindergarten
  • Science - Kindergarten
  • Homeroom - Kindergarten