Our alumni understand the importance of philanthropy to the School of Education. Philanthropy benefits students, faculty and the programs at the SOE via student scholarships, visiting fellowships, and fostering innovation. A notable group of alumni recognizing the significance of making not just a single gift, but consecutive annual gifts provides our School with the means to continue attracting talented and diverse individuals and the opportunity to provide the tools they need to succeed. Dale Johnson MS Ed ’95, is one of those alumni.
Making his first gift to SOE in 1997 as a recent graduate, Johnson cites both his underlying commitment to the impact of philanthropy and a sincere gratitude for the difference his experience at SOE has made in his career path as his reasons for giving consecutively to the School for over fifteen years. At the time of his enrollment, Johnson was at a critical point in life and was looking to discover a way to combine his passion for both technology and teaching. In Johnson’s words, JHU SOE was “trailblazing in instructing teachers in the use of technology” and was instrumental in his successful professional transition, in particular faculty member Dr. Sarah McPhearson with whom he took an independent studies course. His experience with innovative training at JHUSOE led him to fulfill a role at The Field School straddling teaching and administration where he now serves as Head of School for the tenth year.
In addition to his philanthropic support, Johnson stays connected with the SOE through many other social and academic opportunities. He is active in the Mentorship Program slated to roll out this November which pairs current SOE students and young alumni with an alumni mentor in their field of study or interest. As a resident of Washington D.C., he also attends local Johns Hopkins Alumni chapter events to take advantage of the JHU alumni network. Johnson participates in the Forum on Independent Schools to share the value of what he refers to as “teaching teachers,” a learning opportunity experienced at SOE that allowed him to advance into his current position.
When asked what inspires him to continue to give to SOE, Johnson stated “I treasured my experience at SOE and am proud to be affiliated with the Johns Hopkins School of Education which values teaching teachers for the next generation.” Raised in a family that emphasized education and paying it forward, Johnson uses his philanthropy to support his personal commitment to maintaining the JHU legacy of teaching exceptional teachers.