Debra Hopkins is the ELL Project Manager for the Council of the Great City Schools. She has extensive experience as an educator,consultant, and curriculum developer, with a particular focus on accelerating language acquisition & vocabulary development. Hopkins has been invited to conduct workshops at IRA, NABE, CABE, TABE, WABE, and TESOL, and has keynoted or led interactive workshops at state, regional, local, and district-level conferences around the country, working with teachers in 35+ states and seven countries. She also was invited to participate in TEDxNashville 2012, where her topic was “Healthy Kids: Stepping Up to the Plate”.
Hopkins has a B.S. from Middle Tennessee State University, a M.Ed. in Reading and ESL from Texas Woman’s University, and was awarded a Graduate Fellowship to attend the Universite de Bordeaux in Talence, France. She was named ESL Teacher of the Year in Dallas, Texas, where she also served as a mentor teacher and teacher trainer. Later, Hopkins joined the faculty of the Instituto de Estudios Norteamericanos in Barcelona, Spain, where she taught EFL (English as a Foreign Language) to students of all ages. Before coming to the Council of the Great City Schools, Hopkins served as Vice President of Education for HealthTeacher, Inc. and National Curriculum Consultant for National Geographic School Publishing.

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