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Payne Education Center Announces New Executive Director

Posted by David Gilliland on 08/04/2017



David Gilliland

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Payne Education Center Announces New Executive Director


OKLAHOMA CITY – August 4, 2017 – Payne Education Center, an Oklahoma City-based nonprofit teacher training and dyslexia advocacy center, announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Heather Johnson, M.Ed., as the new Executive Director.

Johnson received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University and her graduate degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. She has an extensive background in education, specifically in early childhood, working in both the private and public sectors of education. She has been a public school educator working at the district level and in the corporate child care field. In addition, she has been awarded numerous grants and operated many programs that benefit young families and increase literacy skills and awareness in young families.

Debbie Jones, board chair for Payne Education Center, welcomed the new Executive Director, saying, “Heather brings experience and passion for education to Payne Education Center. Under her leadership, we are excited for the future of Payne and the great progress we will make in training teachers to educate Oklahoma’s children who have dyslexia and other reading difficulties.”

“I am grateful to the board for the opportunity to lead this exceptional organization, which is not only transforming the lives of teachers and students across Oklahoma through its accredited training programs, but also raising the awareness of dyslexia and championing the cause of the 1 in 5 of us who are impacted by it,” Johnson said. “I look forward to working with the talented staff and getting to know the entire Payne network of donors, volunteers, and partners.”

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About Payne Education Center:

Payne Education Center is an Oklahoma-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit, founded in 1984, whose primary mission is to train teachers to prevent reading difficulties in children and to remediate dyslexia while serving as a resource and referral center. Payne Education Center has trained over 18,000 teachers since 1984 and is the only teacher training center in Oklahoma accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council.