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Director of Special Education & Student Support Services

 Dr. Damian B. Johnston has been an educator in Pennsylvania in a variety of settings for over 20 years. She began her career providing home based early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities. She spent the next 17 years working in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (PSD), first as an elementary teacher working with kindergarten-second grade, and then later moving into an instructional coach supporting positive behavioral supports within classrooms. In 1999, she became the Early Childhood Instructional Supervisor and provided instructional and program oversight to the early childhood/elementary programs at PSD. In 2005, she became the Director of the Early Childhood program where she provided oversight of a program of 100 children which included infants through kindergarten.  She worked to establish a preschool program for typical children to provide inclusion opportunities for the students with hearing loss. 

 

Dr. Johnston began working at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit in 2010 and served as a special education supervisor for both preschool early intervention and school age programs; later serving as an Assistant Director in the Office of Student Services providing oversight in early childhood, preschool early intervention and school age programs.   She provided collaborative support and consultation to the Head Start Administrators specifically educational coaching and consultation for the instructional framework. 

 

Dr. Johnston earned a Doctoral degree from Arcadia University in 2005, a Master's degree in Educational Leadership in 1999 and a Bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in teaching students with hearing loss in 1992.  In addition, she serves as an adjunct faculty member at Arcadia University, teaching undergraduate and graduate students since 2005.  Dr. Johnston has PDE Certificates as an Elementary Principal, Special Education Supervisor and Teacher of the Hearing Impaired.  At The School District of Springfield Township Dr. Johnston works across the district on matters pertaining to special education, inclusion, and ensuring effective and appropriate supports are in place for students.  Dr. Johnston also serves as the District Title IX Coordinator and Compliance Officer.