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Mrs.  Dawn  Smith
Special Education Teacher /Kinston Community Learning Center
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Subjects Taught
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Education

1984 - graduated from NBHS

1984-1988 - attended and graduated from ESJC

1988-1990 - attended and graduated from TSU-Troy with a Bachelors degree in Health Education

1991-1993 - attended and graduated from TSU-Troy with a Masters Degree in Special Education

 

other schools attended: LBWCC - Andalusia  1986 and GCWCC- 1985-1987

 


 



Experience

MY TEACHING EXPERIENCE 

Opp Head Start - August 1990 - November 1993

Pathway -  August 1994 - August 2003

Zion Chapel High School - August 2003 - May 2007

New Brockton High School - August 2007 to August 2013

Kinston High School - August 2013 to Present

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Kinston Community Learning Center Site Director - February 2015 to Present



Bio

 

HELLO from Mrs. Dawn Smith - Let me introduce myself. I am a product of Coffee County Schools. I attended Goodman Jr High School from pre-school through 9th grade. After leaving Goodman, I transferred to New Brockton High School and graduated in 1984.Then in the fall of 1984, I began attending ESJC ( now known as ESCC).

In the summer of 1985, I met my husband (Calvin). We married on October 26, 1985. I continued my education at ESJC until the winter of 1985. I transferred to Wallace Community College in Dothan to major in nursing. However , I got my first lecture on shock and decided after 3 quarters that nursing was not for me. So , I transferred back to ESJC and graduated from there in the summer of 1988. I decided to go to Troy State University in Troy to major in education. With  my advisor's guidance ,we decided that since a majority of my course work involved many health related classes that I should major in health education. I started my journey at TSU in the fall of 1988. I finished in the Spring of 1990. Immediately , I began to look for a job. I looked and looked and looked some more. I was unable to find a job teaching Health. However , I did begin working at the Opp Head Start Center. Oh, what fun that was!  While working there,I made a decision to go back to school to work on my master's degree majoring in Special Education. Oh yeah , I had my first child, a little boy, in 1991. He was born 7 1/2 weeks early. He weighed 4 pounds 9oz. when we brought him home from the hospital( this same little boy is 25 years old now and weighs over 200 pounds).  While I was getting my Master's Degree, I  continued to work at Head Start for 2 1/2 years.

I did get my Master's degree in the Summer of 1993. I began to look for a job teaching special education. I got a job working at Pathway . This was a private school for young men with behavioral and emotional problems. I LOVED this job! I worked there for almost 10 years. I would not take anything for what I learned at Pathway. In March 1998, I had my 2nd child, a little girl .

As time went on, I began to think about what it would be like to work in a public education setting. Coffee County Schools had an opening for a special education teacher at Zion Chapel. So I applied and went to work there in August of 2003. I worked at Zion Chapel for 4 years. In May of 2007, I requested a transfer to New Brockton High School. I worked there for 6 years. In August 2013, I was given the opportunity to transfer to Kinston. I enjoy working here at Kinston High School. GO BULLDOGS !