Program Directors

Debbie Dunlap, Ed.D. - Program Director - Houston

Debbie Dunlap holds a B.A. in English and psychology from Houston Baptist University, an M.Ed. with mid-management and superintendent certification from Prairie View A&M University and an Ed.D. in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston. She was a product of the Fort Bend schools and spent 27 years as an educator in the Fort Bend Independent School District. Five years as a reading teacher preceded her 22 years of experience as a principal on the middle school and high school level.

Dunlap has been a national presenter and a trainer for Ruby Payne. Her dissertation and training focus on successful strategies that support at-risk students. She received recognition for being Region IV’s Regular Educator for Service to Special Education Students and was also recognized as being an outstanding educator by the Fort Bend County Chapter of the American Association for University Women.

Dunlap uses the quote, “Nothing is so potent as the silent influence of a good example”, by James Kent, as a guiding principle in her life. She opened act¨houston in hopes of making sure that all students have caring teachers in their classrooms.

Bobette Dunn, Ed.D. - Program Director - Dallas / Austin

Bobette Dunn holds a B.A. in Spanish and French, an M.Ed. in bilingual education from Houston Baptist University, and an Ed.D. in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston. She has over 20 years of experience teaching Spanish at the middle and high school levels and is also certified to teach French, English, and ESL. Before starting act¨houston, Dr. Dunn was the Foreign Language Coordinator for Fort Bend ISD from 1996-2003.

Dunn served as the President of the Houston Area Teachers of Foreign language in 2002 & 2003, and the Texas Foreign Language Association in 1998-1999. She is a frequent presenter at TFLA and other state & national conferences. She was awarded Honorary Membership in HATFL in 2004 and TFLA in January 2005.  In 1998 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Japan and returned 2 additional times for school visits.

Dr. Dunn’s passion is providing support for teachers through professional development. She has been a training facilitator with the Languages Other Than English Center for Educator Development in Austin and co-authored training modules, including Developing Rubrics for Performance-based Assessment. Dunn’s dissertation that focused on the needs and areas of assistance of first-year teachers was the motivating factor to open the doors of act¨houston. She is a strong advocate of “possibility thinking” and enjoys meeting prospective teachers and helping them achieve their dream of becoming certified in the profession.

Vicki Johnston, Ed.D. - Program Director - Houston

Vicki Johnston holds a B.S. in Education from the University of Oklahoma, a M.Ed. in Counseling Education from Northeastern Oklahoma State University, and Mid-Management and Superintendent certifications as well as an Ed.D. in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston. She has over 20 years of experience in education as an elementary teacher, counselor, assistant principal, and principal and middle school counselor and principal. Her last 15 years of service have been with Fort Bend ISD as counselor and administrator. She is a product of parents who were teachers and becoming an educator was an unwavering and lifelong goal.

Johnston has been a national presenter and a trainer of trainers for Ruby Payne, in which her dissertation focused on the effectiveness of staff development in working with children from poverty. She was recognized by her school community as the recipient for KPRC-Channel 2’s Sunshine Award for educators. She feels that building relationships with students and having a passion for seeing all children learn are the keys to a teacher’s success. Through ACT Houston, it is her goal to train those talented individuals so that they can create a caring and dynamic environment in every classroom.

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