Alison Heape Johnson

Alison Heape Johnson

212 Graduate Education Building
College of Education and Health Professions
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Alison started her career in the music classroom in the Greenville County School District in South Carolina, where she began an elementary chorus program, served on the board of a local American Orff-Schulwerk chapter, helped to plan professional development for other music teachers in the district, and hosted pre-service teachers in her classroom. Inspired by participating in school choice advocacy efforts in South Carolina and a summer internship at the legislative office of the American Association of Christian Schools in Washington, DC, Alison came to the Department of Education Reform to learn how to be a better advocate for students, families, and teachers in all types of schools. She has served as a teacher's assistant for Dr. Josh McGee in Quantitative Analytical Techniques for Education Policy and worked as a graduate research assistant for the Office for Education Policy and the School Choice Demonstration Project. She has studied parental choice in schooling modality during the pandemic, noncognitive effects of private schooling, charter school funding equity, and teacher pipelines in public and private schools. While working on her PhD she has pursued additional opportunities for education policy and research training (including the EdChoice Academy, the Education Policy Academy at the American Enterprise Institute, and a research internship at the Association of Christian Schools International). Alison and her husband spend their free time together enjoying the beauty of the Natural State.

University of Arkansas - PhD in Education Policy (Anticipated 2025)

Grand Canyon University - M.A. in TESOL

Bob Jones University - B.S. in Music Education

K-12 school finance

School choice

Teacher pipeline