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Williams Johnson

Off Island Missionary
Faculty of Education & Social Work

Teacher Education Building, Room 121

Elder Williams (Bill) and Sister Ravae Johnson are from Tempe, Arizona. They have four married children and 16 grandchildren. They have lived in Indiana, Kansas, and Arizona. Bill was born in upstate New York and spent his early years growing up on his family’s homestead farm in Delaware. They have called Arizona their home for over 50 years.

Bill loves outdoor adventures such as rock climbing, snow skiing, and canyoneering. He recently qualified for scuba diving. Bill and Ravae are both retired educators. Bill retired last year from his position as superintendent of the Laveen School District in Southwest Phoenix.

As missionaries, they are serving as the ITEP coordinators for the Pacific Island schools in collaboration with the Seminaries and Institutes and BYU–Hawaii. The International Teacher Education Program (ITEP) is a partnership created to provide teacher certification in the Pacific Islands. The ITEP courses are taught by experienced senior missionary educators who are adjunct BYUH professors. This program provides teachers with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to improve teacher effectiveness and increase student learning.

Under normal conditions, they would be serving from the Pacific Area office in New Zealand and the senior ITEP missionaries that they serve would be on-site among the Church’s 15 schools located among Kiribati, Fiji, Samoa, and Tonga. Until borders open, they will be at BYUH working with the Teacher Education Program that oversees the ITEP curriculum and issues the ITEP teacher certificates. They will continue to support ITEP missionaries who are teaching courses online and serving remotely from Utah, South Carolina, Idaho, and Nevada.