ABOUT OUR FOUNDER
JENNIFER A.L. JOHNSON
Ph.D. Candidate | Prevention Researcher | Advocate | Deaf Education Specialist | Speaker
Jennifer started her career as a Deaf Education teacher in 2009. During the first five years of her career, she became more and more concerned about the lack of knowledge and skills of staff and students related to recognizing, resisting, and reporting abuse. As a classroom teacher, she found herself struggling with behavior in the classroom that stemmed from abuse and trauma.
During her time in public education, Jennifer also worked as an Instructional Specialist in Special Education where she learned skills such as grant management, budgeting, large scale professional development planning and execution, and individual growth planning and coaching for struggling employees. In this role, she continued to see knowledge gaps regarding child abuse responding and reporting, as well as escalating student behavior stemming from maltreatment and linguistic neglect.
Determined to learn how she could help address these gaps in knowledge, Jennifer pursued her doctorate in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders at the University of North Texas where she has learned evidence-based practices for behavioral intervention, research design and implementation, and complex problem solving skills. As a Teaching Fellow, Jennifer continues to gain experience in public speaking, curriculum development, teacher development, and large-scale assessment.
Jennifer is passionate about innovative, evidence-based programming for child abuse prevention and behavior management. She is currently researching ways to accommodate existing child abuse prevention curriculums for use with students with disabilities.
Jennifer is honored to be a research partner of Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International and a Bright Spot researcher of the Hands & Voices O.U.R. Children’s Safety Project.
Jennifer’s experience as a teacher, instructional specialist, advocate, doctoral researcher, and teaching fellow give her a wide array of skills she applies to assist organizations and families.
Developed Courses on positive behavior supports and assessment
Taught adults using evidence-based practices
Assessed progress and skill-based performance of 60+ undergraduates each semester
Supervised and coached clinical teaching students during internships
Research Partnership with Kidpower, Teenpower, Fullpower International
Developed research designs and collected data to answer research questions
Analyzed qualitative and quantitative data, including survey data based on research design
Wrote reports to communicate findings to audiences unfamiliar with abuse prevention
Won travel funding grant
O.U.R. CHILDREN’S SAFETY PROJECT
Wrote translational research article making research accessible for teachers, Johnson, J.A.L. (2018). Preventing Abuse of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children: What Teachers Can Do. Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, 19, 59-63.
Trainer on Back to School Webinar – “Addressing Safety in the Individual Education Plan”
Contributing Author to Hands & Voices Parent Safety Toolkit
Nominated and Accepted Bright Spot Award given to professionals making an impact in maltreatment prevention
Speaker on O.U.R. Children’s Safety call (Dec 2019) – “Strategies and Tools for Parents”
INSTRUCTIONAL SPECIALIST IN SPECIAL EDUCATION
Planned and implemented formal professional development for Special Education teachers and administrators
Assessed weaknesses and coached struggling teachers of students with disabilities
Coordinated traveling teacher services of deaf or hard of hearing students
Conducted initial evaluations of all deaf or hard of hearing students
Developed improvement plan using logic model based on program evaluation
Managed critical incidences related to parent complaint or legal action
Developed curriculum and accommodated existing curriculum for language and developmental differences
Managed grant spending based on requirements of gran
TEACHER OF THE DEAF
Individually accommodated instruction to meet diverse student needs
Collaborated with co-workers to write grant and won grant for Miller Elementary School to purchase evidence-based literacy materials to improve learning outcomes, $8457/Arlington Education Foundation
Won grant for Fairview Elementary School to purchase classroom library materials for special education classroom, $500/Sherman Education Foundation
Wrote chapter about educator adversity and resilience in the book “The Fire Within: Lessons from Defeat that have Ignited a Passion for Learning”
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