Vikki R. Johnson

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
School Board
Mesa Elementary
Physician Liaison
Husband- Gary Johnson Sons- Axel (14) and Dylan (12)
I am a Mesa native that is passionate about the Mesa Public School system. I want to help support and elevate the district by collaborating with teachers and families. I am for teacher autonomy in the classroom, reducing teaching to standardized tests, and focusing on achieving results intrinsically by trusting the professionals in the classroom. Schools need to focus on critical thinking skills through inquiry based learning that better reflects the needs of today’s work environment. Additionally, we have a large population of non-English speaking households (26%), and I can offer Spanish speaking families direct access to a board member in the language they are most comfortable speaking.


Response Legend

  • SSupports
  • OOpposes
  • *Comment
  • Declined to respond
  • Declined to respond, Position based on citation

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Providing parents the option of choosing phonics instruction for all K-3rd grade students S
2. Allowing parents to opt their children out of activities or lessons they find offensive to their personal, moral, or religious beliefs S* I believe that opt-outs should be used sparingly but should be available for certain instruction.
3. Increasing state and local taxes to provide more funding for schools and school facility projects S* Arizona needs more funding that gets funneled down to the classroom level. There shouldn't be increased taxes without specific directions for use of the funds.
4. Requiring signed permission from a parent before a student may participate in sex education classes or presentations on gender identity S
5. Allowing all parents to use tax credits, vouchers, or education savings accounts to enable children to attend any public, charter, private, homeschool, or online academy O* Private schools should, by name, be privately funded.
6. Requiring full-day kindergarten for all students O* I think that full day or partial day should be determined by the family and the child's readiness.
7. Requiring sex education classes for K-12th grade students S* As long as it's age appropriate. I believe that parents should be able to opt-out if they are uncomfortable with the model.
8. Allocating a certain percentage of the school district’s budget to be spent in the classroom, as opposed to for administration S* Too much of Arizona's funding is getting tied up in the state and county levels. There needs to be more accountability at all levels to get the funds into the classroom.
9. Implementing policies to allow students and faculty to use the restroom, locker room, and shower room that aligns with their gender identity O* There are too many safety risks. If a student doesn't feel like they are safe with the facility that aligns to their biological/anatomical gender possible other accommodations could be made.
10. Presenting competing and alternative theories regarding the origin of life when evolution is taught in science classes S* I believe that students should be taught different theories/points of views on a variety of topics, not just origin of life.