B.A. in Spanish; MA in TESOL from the University of Nevada, Reno. Dawn began her career in education over seven years ago. She is currently a teacher at the only Title I high school in Reno, Nevada where she teaches heritage Spanish, beginning, intermediate and advanced ESL, and academic language for long-term ESL students. Dawn is currently the department leader for the ESL and newcomers' center at Hug High School. She has instructed college courses for teachers attaining their ESL certification, coordinated and taught ESL for the Carpenters' Union, chairs the board of a bilingual charter school, conducts SIOP trainings for her district, and runs a pilot project implementing the use of iPod touches to learn English. She is currently a candidate for National Board Certification. Dawn aspires to become an educational leader who promotes and collaboratively constructs a school that fights for educational equity and addresses the needs of its students, families, community and educators.