Wendy J. Johnston, a longtime Carroll County elementary school educator, died Monday of breast cancer at her parents' York Springs, Pa., home. She was 47.
Wendy Jane Weaver, the daughter of a career naval officer and a homemaker, was born in Bremerton, Wash.
After graduating from Westminster High School in 1981, she earned a bachelor's degree in education from Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College. She also held a master's equivalency in education, also from Western Maryland.
Since 1986, Mrs. Johnston, who lived in Hampstead, had been on the faculty of Freedom Elementary School in Sykesville, where she taught second-, third- and fourth-graders.
"She would spend hours thinking of and implementing new and creative strategies to differentiate instruction," said her husband of 10 years, Stephen Johnston, who teaches at Forest Hill Elementary School in Forest Hill.
"All children benefited greatly from her creativity. She found great joy as children would reach their learning goals," he said. "Above all, she would inspire students through her teaching while enabling them to feel good about themselves."
Mrs. Johnston was an avid gardener and birder.
She attended Life Point Church in Reisterstown.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Haight Funeral Home, 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her parents, Lloyd and Lana Weaver; two brothers, Bud Weaver of Forest Lake, Harford County, and John Weaver of Westminster; and a sister, Jen Weaver of Westminster.