Mr. Bruce Johnson
Mr. Johnson is in his second year teaching science at American Heritage Academy. Prior to joining the AHA faculty, he was a Professional Engineer with a large international engineering consulting firm (CH2M Hill). During his 36 year career with CH2M Hill, he managed a number of major environmental engineering projects in Boise, ID; Salt Lake City, UT; Key West, FL; Boston, MA; Portland, ME; Detroit, MI; Louisville, KY; and Las Vegas, NV. Upon retiring from CH2M Hill, he became involved with programs in the Clark County School District and Nevada Society of Professional Engineers to foster an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and also worked with the CCSD’s Payback Program to encourage students to stay in school. He also became involved as a volunteer with the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics program. His interest in science and technology led him to AHA where his goals are to help students gain an appreciation of our natural world, to foster curiosity as to how things work, to learn how to think and solve problems of all types, and to develop a lifelong love of learning.
Mr. Johnson grew up in Wyoming and Utah. His father was a Ranger with the U.S. Forest Services so his summers were mostly spent tagging along with his dad in the mountains where he obtained a love of nature and an understanding of the need for conservation. As a boy, he was actively involved in Boy Scouts, becoming an Eagle Scout and working at scout camps in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and New Mexico. In high school, he was involved with sports (track, cross-county, wrestling) and became interested in science (especially chemistry) and math. This led him to pursue a degree in chemical engineering in college. While in college, he spent summers working for the U.S. Forest Service in Montana as a surveyor and also fighting forest fires. He spent 2 years as an LDS missionary in the Gulf States Mission before graduating from Brigham Young University with a BES in Chemical Engineering.
Upon graduation from BYU, the Vietnam War was at its height and, having a low draft lottery number, was in the process of being drafted. He decided to join up rather than get drafted and discovered a small branch of the service, the Commission Corp of Officers of the U.S. Public Health Service, that was looking for a few engineers. He was accepted into this Corp and assigned to developing and testing and certification laboratory in West Virginia for improving coal miner safety. After obtaining rank of Lieutenant JG and completing his service, he returned to college. Before joining CH2M Hill, he worked for a few years with a small engineering firm in Idaho repairing damages resulting from the flooding caused by the failure of the Teton Dam.
Mr. Johnson met his wife, Marcia, while attending BYU. They have been married 46 years and have four children (Kim, Lindsay, Angeli, and Mark) and nine grandchildren. Six of his grandchildren attend AHA. Mr. Johnson’s hobbies include skiing, fishing, cycling, almost any outdoor activity, traveling, and spending time with children and grandchildren. His greatest hope for this school year is to try and spark imagination, curiosity and a desire for knowledge within the AHA science scholars.