Dr. Valerie Johnson

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Welcome Dunbar School Community

Hello Dunbar Parents,

      On behalf of the Dunbar faculty and staff, I would like to welcome you to the 2023-24 school year. Dunbar is a school filled with caring and dedicated teachers who are experts in their content area. We work diligently to help every student make significant progress every year in every class. We believe that our education for young adolescents must be responsive, challenging, empowering, equitable, and engaging (amle.org/sms). My role as the school principal is to help students, teachers, and families work together to help every student achieve academic success. We accomplish this through ongoing dialogue that is focused on student learning.


      I would also like to provide you with some information about my background. I began my educational career as an elementary music teacher in 1998. I then earned my master’s degree in school counseling and have K-12 experience as a school counselor. After achieving National Board certification in 2011, I learned the importance of ensuring that both teaching and learning occur in all classrooms through reflection of the video analysis process. This was a defining moment in my career, and since then, my passion for helping every student experience academic success has strengthened. I went on to earn administrative certification and my doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at the University of South Alabama and was the school principal at Semmes Elementary for five 1/2 years. I take my role as school leader seriously and work tirelessly to support all teachers in becoming experts in their content areas. I have a musical background in piano, chorus, band, and show choir, and enjoy watching our Dunbar students perform. I live in Mobile and am married with two sons and a daughter-in-law. We are an active family and love to travel, hike, and eat great food.


I look forward to another exciting year at Dunbar Magnet! 

Dr. Valerie Johnson