• Hi there! My name is Ms. Naden-Johns, but I hope you'll call me Ms. NJ. I am so excited to be joining the Sakai community this year as a 5th Grade Teacher. I'll be teaching Language Arts and Social Studies, alongside Mr. Lemieux who is teaching Math and Science. 


    Let me tell you a little bit about me! I was born and raised here on Bainbridge Island. I went to college in Seattle before I moved to Chicago. I got my Masters in Elementary Education from Northwestern University and then stayed to teach in the Chicago area! I have mostly taught 3rd grade, but have actually taught every elementary grade at some point (except Kindergarten!!).  


    I am so happy to be back home and to be able to work with 5th graders. I am passionate about integrating social-emotional and equity work into all aspects of my teaching.  In my classroom, you can expect lots of great conversations, community-building, and activities as we learn together!