Giving Stories


When Dale Johnson enrolled in the School of Education, he was at a turning point in his career. He saw a critical need for integrating technology in the classroom and a shortage of educators prepared to do it. He wanted to make a difference.

At Johns Hopkins, he found dedicated mentors who were “trailblazing in instructing teachers in the use of technology.” The Doctor of Education degree he earned here in 1995 led to a unique opportunity at the Field School, a private K-12 institution in Washington, D.C. In a new “hybrid” position straddling faculty and administration, he began to play a key role in transforming instruction and curriculum.

In 1997, grateful for SOE’s impact on his career, Dale made his first gift. As a recent graduate, he couldn’t afford to give much. Instead, he gave steadily. For the next 20 years.

Now head of school of the Field School, he still honors the important connections he made at Hopkins. “I treasured my experience at SOE,” he says. “I am proud to be affiliated with an institution that values teaching teachers for the next generation.”  

In addition to his annual giving, Dale stays connected through other social and academic opportunities. He is active in the Mentorship Program, which pairs current degree candidates and young alumni with an alumni mentor in their field of study or interest. He also attends Johns Hopkins Alumni Association chapter events in his region to take advantage of the university’s broad alumni network.

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