Meet Larry Johnson

Larry Johnson

Office: JBEB 153C

Office hours: by appointment

After Larry graduated with a B.A. in biology from UC San Diego, he taught English as a foreign language to middle and high school students in Quito, Ecuador for a year.  Back in the U.S., Larry worked as a research technician for a marine ecological consulting company in San Diego County for several years before he went back to school, earning an M.S. in oceanography from the University of Hawaii and working as a research associate at the Hawaii Institute for Marine Biology for another year.  Returning to California, Larry taught and directed an outdoor education program in the Santa Cruz area, for three and one half years, and he started taking classes for a teaching credential.  He first taught public high school science in southern California and completed his credential in Life Science and Physical Science through Cal State Dominguez Hills during his first year there.  After teaching middle school science in Hollister for nine years, Larry taught chemistry and other science courses at Aptos High School for 19 years, where he hosted Cal Teach interns from 2007 through 2016 and served as a UCSC cooperating teacher for four of those years.  When time allows, Larry enjoys reading up on science advances, reading other nonfiction and fiction works, swimming, surfing, camping, fishing, exploring forest service roads on small motorcycles, and learning Swedish.