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Our Team

ResponsiveEd 180 has a team of dedicated, veteran educators to support you throughout your journey to become a certified Texas teacher.

Susan Thomas, M.Ed.
Executive Director

Hello! My name is Susan Thomas and I have had the pleasure of supporting students, teachers, and campus leaders throughout my 20+ years as an educator as a Math teacher, Campus Administrator, and now, Executive Director of Educator Preparation at ResponsiveEd.

Melissa Dubke, M.Ed.
Program Director

Howdy!  I am Melissa Dubke and I am  privileged to support aspiring educators and ResponsiveEd teachers with professional development and coaching in the best pedagogical practices. Before becoming the Program Director of ResponsiveEd 180 EPP, I taught middle school science, social studies, and art, coached volleyball, served as the Middle School Science mentor teacher for ResponsiveEd, and lead the ResponsiveEd Science department as the K-12 Science Director.

Sydney Stauffer
Educator Preparation & Advancement Coordinator

Hello! My name is Sydney Stauffer, and I’ve worked with ResponsiveEd since 2021. I have enjoyed the opportunity to support campuses in the Academics department, assisting them with budgets, utilizing district-wide programs, coordinating instructional support, and overseeing the procurement of curriculum. My role in ResponsiveEd 180 EPP as the Coordinator is to help support applicants and candidates throughout the admission and training processes.

Educationally, I hold a B.A. Degree in Music, an A.A. Degree in Piano Performance and American Sign Language Interpreting, respectively. Professionally across the last 15 years, I have held roles in education through teaching piano and ESL, interpreting for Deaf middle and high school students, supporting toddlers through young adult clients with autism and other special needs as a Registered Behavioral Technician, and more recently, being the Support Assistant to the Development Director of Coram Deo Academy, followed by the VP of Academics for ResponsiveEd.