Sarah Johnson

Program Director, Moderate/Severe & Physical Health Impairments
Assistant Professor
Bartsch Hall 101
(559) 453 - 5566

What programs do you teach in?

Special Education


M.A., 2005, Special Education, California State University, Fresno
B.A., 2000, Liberal Studies with Physical Education Emphasis, California State University, Fresno

Share why you teach at FPU

I am very blessed with the opportunity to work at Fresno Pacific University. I want to share my knowledge and experiences in special education over the last 14 years with students who want to teach or teach better. Having well-prepared and knowledgeable teachers is the key to training successful and independent students. I believe that with each blessing becomes responsibility, and I believe our job is working for God in everything that we do. I believe it is important to serve others and the community where we live and work. I am excited to be a member of the Fresno Pacific University School of Education Team. It is wonderful to work in a positive Christian environment.

Scholarly Interests

  • Special Education
  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Health & Fitness for People with special needs
  • Student IEP Involvement and Self-Determination
  • Physical Health Impairments

Professional and Service Experience

I have fourteen years experience working with the Fresno County Office of Education as a classroom teacher of Moderate/Severe students and as an itinerant Adapted Physical Education Specialist. I have taught elementary, junior high, high school, and in the Adult Transition Program. I help my students best learn and understand by using experiences and by practicing different skills. The characteristic that is most prominent is a “hands on” approach. We “do” to learn. Also for students to learn, the activities need to be meaningful and fun. They should enjoy learning, especially learning new things and experiencing activities for the first time. Students need to see the value of learning any new skill that will give them success or open new doors in their lives.

Prior to my experience with FCOE, I was a certified teaching tennis professional (United Stated Tennis Association) and a tennis coach. I am proud to have helped coach the Fresno City College Girl’s Tennis Team to two State Championships.

I also enjoyed being a Consulting teacher for the Peer Assistance and Review Panel at the Fresno County Office of Education. I was a member of the Peer Assistance and Review Panel for three years (2011-2014), serving as secretary and Panel Chair.

I have written and received tennis grants from the United States Tennis Association to teach tennis to special populations in an after school program and was the Special Olympics tennis tournament director. I developed the program to teach tennis to people with special needs at Break the Barriers. I also received grants from Bank of the Sierra, Educational Employees Credit Union, and the National Education Association (NEA). These grants supplied exercise equipment to people with special needs and iPADS for the moderate/severe Adult Transition Classes.

I am the owner of Fitness 1-2-3, a company that develops and sells Fitness Videos for Disabled and Abled Body Students. I am the Executive Director for Fit-4-All, a non-profit that writes grants for people with special needs to receive appropriate exercise equipment.

In the past I worked as a Behavior Consultant for the Diamond Learning Center, working with students and families in their homes.

I am involved in the Women’s Ministry at Northpark Community Church and work on fundraisers to raise money for missions and community service organizations. My daughter and I support an orphanage in Haiti.

Honors and Awards

Teacher of the Year, Fresno County Office of Education, 2011

Professional Affiliations

CAHPERD – California Association of Health, Physical Education, recreation, and Dance

Personal Experiences

Recently I was a member of the Adapted Physical Education Added Authorization Team at Fresno Pacific University. We wrote the curriculum for the program and helped develop the courses for the APE Added Authorization.

Publications and Presentations

Presentations and/or Workshops given on Fitness and Exercise programs for special populations for health and increased functioning:

  • Los Angeles County Office of Education (2007)
  • San Bernadino County Office of Education (2007)
  • National Adapted Physical Education Conference, Los Angeles (2006)
  • CAHPERD State Conference, Sacramento (2007)
  • Cal-Tash, Manhattan Beach (2007)
  • National Adapted Physical Education Conference (2006)
  • Central Valley Nurses Convention (CHCC, 2006)
  • SEACO, Sacramento (2006)
  • National Adapted Physical Education Conference, “A Specially Designed Physical Education Model” Rohnert Park (2012)

Published Exercise Videos for people with special needs:

  • Low/Limited Mobility - FITNESS 1-2-3
  • Balance/Core Muscular Training - FITNESS 1-2-3
  • Push Movement Muscular Training - FITNESS 1-2-3
  • Pull Movement Muscular Training - FITNESS 1-2-3

Other Information

I am a Christian. I publicly declared my commitment to Christ by being baptized at Yosemite Bible Camp, in the swimming pool, when I was fourteen. I try to exercise that commitment in every phase of my life. Family is extremely important to me. I have been married for twelve years and have two beautiful daughters. I also enjoy my large extended family and those special people we have “adopted” into our lives.