Ventura Park Vikings Employee Spotlight!

Information Ventura Park Vikings Employee Spotlight

Each week, we will be spotlighting two staff members, so you can get to know us a little better. Previous posts will be in the photo gallery at the bottom.


Ms. Darbi Johnson, Instructional Assistant

Fun Facts About Ms. Darbi:

  • I live near the school with my husband, 4 kids, 1 dog, 1 cat and 2 rats.
  • I am learning how to play the drums from Mr. Kleiner.
  • You can hear my laugh from very far away.

Her message to students and staff: 

“I have very much missed seeing the students in the hallways and on the playground this year. I look forward to returning to school together as soon as it is safe for us to do so. I want to see your smiling eyes! Keep washing those hands!”

Why we love her:

Ms. Darbi can brighten ANYONE’S day. She simply sparkles wherever she goes — sometimes literally! No matter the situation, Ms. Darbi can find multiple silver linings and reasons to smile. Need something organized? Need a shoulder to lean on? Need to hear a joke? Need a costume? Need an amazing artistic visual? Need a fantastic and talented educator? Ms. Darbi is there for you. She is one in a googolplex!

Ms. Sue Riley, 5th Grade Teacher

Fun Facts About Ms. Riley:

  • Once when I was snow skiing, I didn’t get off the chair lift soon enough! The lift operators had to back up the entire lift system so I could get off of it. My sisters still tease me about “the time I forgot to get off the chair lift.”
  • I have walked on the Great Wall of China! Did you know the Great Wall is large enough to see from space?
  • I married my high school sweetheart. We have been married now for 38 years!

Her message to students and staff: 

“Even though this year is very different from anything we have experienced in the past, we’ve got this! We are VIKINGS!”

Why we love her: 

Ms. Riley is known by both students and staff at VP for being kind, warm and compassionate — not to mention funny! She is a great storyteller and can really paint a picture with her words and enthusiasm. Ms. Riley cares about her students and prioritizes making connections with each of them. She excels at creating a classroom space that is friendly, safe and inviting. We love Ms. Riley!

Previous Spotlights