Dr. Howard O. Johnson2020-02-07T20:22:51+00:00

Dr. Howard O. Johnson
Director of Special Services Administration (DOSSA)

Dr. Howard Johnson is the Director of Special Services Administration (DOSSA). She has been an educator in the field of special education for over 25 years and has served in multiple capacities during those years. Dr. Johnson first served as a special education teacher of students with varying exceptionalities in the Florida public school system and  used those skills in the Hampton Public Schools, Hampton, Virginia where she also served as a teacher of students with intellectual, emotional and learning disabilities. Dr. Johnson continued her career, eventually moving into Central Administration with Fairfax County Public Schools. During her time with FCPS, Dr. Johnson served as an Educational Specialist and was promoted to Coordinator of Contract Services (renamed, Multi-Agency Services). As the Program Manager, she was responsible for overseeing the monitoring of all special education student placements in non-public schools across the nation. She also provided guidance to her staff of specialists in the management of students’ non-public school placements. In addition, Dr. Johnson provided guidance, training and consultation to colleagues in the local government, non-public schools and public schools throughout the state.  

Dr. Johnson has won multiple awards, at the local, state and national levels in the field of education and outside the field. Among her awards are the SALLIE Mae First Class Teacher award; Teacher of the Year; Disney’s Doers and Dreamers award; Readers’ Digest Education Hero; and Florida’s Finest, awarded by the Governor.

Dr. Johnson holds a B.A. degree in Speech Communication and Theatre Arts from Hampton, University; a M.A. in Special Education (Varying Exceptionalities) from the University of South Florida-Tampa; and a doctorate in Special Services Administration from Nova Southeastern University.


To contact Dr. Howard O. Johnson:
(p): 703-348-5361
(e): hjohnson@aptsprograms.org

Central Administration Building
2525 Pointe Center Ct #300
Dumfries, VA 22026