Meet our Literacy Specialist!

Dear Parents,

It is my pleasure to serve as HPPDS Literacy Specialist. This is my second year at the Day School, having taught PreK4 last year.  I am an experienced educator with a love for early childhood education. My teaching career includes PreK3, PreK4, Kindergarten and Third Grade in a private Christian school in Dallas. I am passionate about reading and I love helping children grow into independent readers. My joy is seeing a child’s delight when he or she experiences an “ah hah” moment and has personal success! Whether your child is a pre-reader, a beginning reader or super reader, we work together in a fun, age appropriate learning environment to develop new reading skills.  

I encourage you to read aloud to your child daily. This is a primary indicator for a child’s reading success! Snuggle up and read a good book!

If you see me in the hall, please stop and introduce yourself to me! Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have about our program. 


Stephanie Johnson-Martin


You can learn more about the role of our Literacy Specialist by reading this blurb recently featured in Park Cities People Newspaper:

The Literacy Specialist at Highland Park Presbyterian Day School, Mrs. Johnson-Martin, works with all students in PreK4 and Kindergarten to target their individual literacy goals each week. Whether it is extra practice in fundamentals, or challenging children beyond their grade-level, she delivers instruction through hands-on, engaging learning activities. Mrs. Johnson-Martin begins the year by assessing each child to establish differentiated instructional plans and then works with them individually and in small groups to develop early reading and writing skills. Once children demonstrate readiness, they begin reading leveled books. Additionally, Mrs. Johnson-Martin works closely with classroom teachers to provide support and resources to enhance the classroom literacy curriculum.