Debra Hopkins, M.Ed.
Keynote speaker on Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Debra Hopkins is a mission-driven educator who is devoted to
accelerating high levels of language and literacy achievement for all students. Born
into a family of educators, Debra completed her M.Ed. in Reading/ESL at Texas Woman’s
University and began her career as a third-grade classroom teacher in the Dallas ISD.
She dove into the challenges with great enthusiasm and, in her second year as a teacher,
Debra was named district-wide ESL “Teacher of the Year”. Because her students, all
English learners, demonstrated high levels of success on the state’s high-stakes assessment,
she was soon invited to join the district’s cadre of teacher trainers, where she became
a mentor for new and aspiring teachers and was invited to deliver workshops at the
district, regional, and state level.
After several years as an enthusiastic classroom teacher in Texas and in Barcelona,
Spain, Debra was engaged as a curriculum consultant in the world of educational publishing,
through which she was invited to deliver well-received keynotes, interactive
workshops, and hands-on trainings in 35+ states and 8 countries, and at national conferences
such as NABE, TESOL, and ILA.
Before joining Imagine Learning as Senior Curriculum Consultant, Debra was deeply
engaged with urban school districts nationwide,
coordinating projects designed to raise expectations and
instructional rigor, improve instructional materials, and launch a professional learning
tool designed to build capacity for teaching at higher levels of rigor. She also worked
in the EL Office of Metro Nashville Public Schools, where she served as EL Coordinator
of Professional Learning and instructional coach in two large urban high schools.