Meet the Program Director

David R. Hollier is a certified teacher & principal in Texas with more than 15 years of K-12 teaching experience in:

  • Instrumental and vocal music
  • Geography
  • Language arts
  • Computer literacy
  • Ethics
  • Theology and church doctrine
  • Sacred scripture
Dr. Hollier has served on the Texas Catholic Accreditation Commission, and is currently serving on the Board of Governors for the Holy Cross Institute, St. Edward's University.
He has published a wide range of academic papers and previously served on the editorial board of Teacher Education and Practice, a professional education journal. An active member of the John Dewey Society, Hollier presented a paper at the 2007 American Education Research Association Annual Meeting and Exhibition. The paper, titled "What would John Dewey think?" is now published in the Nation FORUM of Teacher Education Journal, Volume 21 (Number 3).


  • EdD, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Houston
  • MA, Education, UL–Lafayette (formerly University of Southwestern Louisiana)
  • MDiv, St. Meinrad School of Theology
  • B Music Ed., McNeese State University


  • More than 15 years of K–12 teaching experience in Louisiana and Texas
  • Four years, Houston Independent School District, Department of Research and Accountability
  • Three years, Assistant Professor of Education, Stephen F. Austin

    State University
  • Life Certificate, Elementary Teaching, Grades 1–8, Texas

    Principal Certificate, Grades Early Childhood–12 (2001–2013)


  • John Dewey Society, founded in 1935, which exists to keep alive Dewey's commitment to the use of critical and reflective intelligence in the search for solutions to educational and cultural challenges.
  • American Education Research Association
  • Southwest Education Research Association
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development


2009 DeLayne Hudspeth Award for Innovative Instruction