Founder/Director of REACT Initiative, Inc.

Dionna Latimer-Hearn received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in French Studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Following the completion of her degree she worked for the French Embassy as an English Language Instructor in Montargis, France. She completed her Master of Arts Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She has served as a multilingual speech-language pathologist and educational consultant since 2002, holding positions in Illinois, Japan, Maryland and Texas.  She currently works as an educational consultant and continuing education provider for a number of school districts in Texas.

Dr. Latimer-Hearn received her Doctor of Philosophy Degree with distinction in Instructional Leadership for Changing Populations at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore, MD.  She is a recipient of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Minority Dissertation Fellowship Award, the World Education Research Association (WERA) Innovative Poster Award and the CREATE Doctoral Scholarship.  She has presented her research on African American English at more than a dozen conferences including:  the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, World Education Research Association World Congress, and American Educational Research Association Conference.  Dr. Latimer-Hearn is also the author of the book Unexpected Places.

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Special Educator/Independent Consultant

Ms. Russell is an educator with over 15 years of experience serving students from three to 21 years of age.  She was appointed to the position of Special Education Department Chair for her elementary school and has served in the role since 2017.  She is dedicated to serving students and families from economically disadvantaged communities.  Her areas of focus include student mental health, student and family engagement, educational technology, and differentiation of instruction.  She also serves as her school’s dance club sponsor and instructor. 

Ms. Russell completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation and Disability at the University of North Texas where she was also a member of the Women’s Track and Field Team.  During her time as a student-athlete, the team won two Conference Championships.  She is currently pursuing her Master of Science degree in Counseling at LeTourneau University.  Ms. Russell is an avid traveling and life-long learner who resides in the Dallas area with her son, Quentin, who is five years old.



Grand Prairie, TX

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