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Dawn Gabbitas Abell

Occupation: Elementary and Secondary School Educator & Administrator (Retired)
Born: Detroit, Michigan, September 23, 1947

Education:
Coursework, Converse College (2006)
Coursework, Winthrop University (2004)
MEd in School Administration and Supervision, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC (1980-1982)
BA in Art Education, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI (1965-1969)

Certifications:
Certification in Elementary Education, Middle Tennessee State University (1998); Certification as a Vocational Center Director, University of South Carolina (1990); Certification in Secondary Administration and Supervision, University of South Carolina, Aiken, SC (1989); Certification as a Specialist in Reading, Winthrop University (1982-1983); Educator Certificate, South Carolina State Board of Education (1981); Certification in Elementary Education, Eastern Michigan University (1972-1978)

Career:
Adult Education Instructor, Chester County School District, Chester, SC (2008-2009)
Computer Lab Manager, York School District One, York, SC (2006-2008)
Substitute Teacher, K – High School (2004-2005, 2007-2008)
Assistant Principal, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Sedgefield Middle School, Charlotte, NC (2001-2003)
Assistant Principal for Instruction, Starmount Elementary (2000-2001)
Assistant Principal, Midwood High School (Alternate School And TAPS Teen Pregnancy Program) (1998-2000)
Special Advisor to Vocational Education, Wilson County Schools (1997-1998)
Administrative Assistant, Assistant Principal, Union County Schools, Monroe, SC (1996-1997)
Teacher of Art, Gaston County Schools, Monroe, NC (1994-1996)
Technical Preparatory Director, Art Teacher, Gaston County Schools, Gastonia, NC (1993-1994)
Curriculum Supervisor, Beaufort-Jasper Career Education Center, Ridgeland, SC (1992-1993)
Vocational Coordinator, Richland County School District 1, Columbia, SC (1990-1992)
Adjunct Professor, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (1990)
Assistant Director, South Carolina Council on Vocational and Technical Education, Columbia, SC (1989-1990)
District Vocational Coordinator for Special Populations, Aiken County Public Schools (1987-1989)
Teacher Gifted, Cherokee County School District I, Gaffney, South Carolina (1985-1987)
Home School Coordinator (1986)
EIA Instructor, Grades 9-12 (1984-1985)
Teacher Art, Remedial Reading And Writing, Clover School District 2 (1979-1984)
Interior Designer, Owner, La Maison Magnifique, Dearborn, MI (1975-1979)
Teacher, 1st Grade Learning Improvement Center, Melvindale Northern-Allen Park (1969-1979)

Career Related:
Interior Design Teacher, Gaston College (2004); Facilitator, National Career Development Teleconference/Workshop, Dallas, NC (1994); Member, Engineering Technology Advisory Committee, Gaston College, Dallas, NC (1993); Business and Education Partnership, Gastonia, NC (1993); Member, SACS Evaluation Team, Lancaster High School and Vocational Center, Lancaster, SC (1992); Member, Five Year SACS Review Committee, Lancaster, SC (1992); Chairperson, Legislative Committee for South Carolina Vocational Special Needs Division, Columbia, SC (1991-1992); Department Chair, Eau Claire High School, Columbia, SC (1990-1992); Member, Lexington Area Vocational Center Advisory Committee, Lexington, SC (1989-1992); Member, Business Education and Home Economics Textbook Adoption Committee, Richland County Schools, Columbia, SC (1990-1991); Member, Eau Claire High School Scholarship Review Committee, Columbia, SC (1990-1991); Creator, Business-Industry Forum (1989); Member, Aiken County Vocational Advisory Council, Aiken, SC (1987-1989); Owner, The Learner’s Edge Inc., Gastonia (1987-1988); HOA Board, Lincolnton Estates; Guide, Edison Institute: The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village; Lecturer on Colonial Life; Christian Education Director; Manager, The Gift Box; Sales Associate, Matthews Belk Department Store; Interior Designer, The Eurich Furniture Store

Creative Works:
Author, “Noted Educator Advocated Restructure to Meet Societal and Industrial Change,” National Dropout Prevention (1991); Organizer, Creator, “Focus: Special Populations 2000 Conference” (1990); Co-author, “Job Seeking and Job Keeping,” Aiken County Economic Classes; Author, “Special Needs Populations in Vocational Education,” South Carolina Council on Vocational and Technical Education; Author, “Business Industry Forum Report and Summary,” South Carolina Council on Vocational and Technical Education; Author, “Business Industry Forum Report and Summary,” South Carolina Council on Vocational and Technical Education; Author, “An American Tragedy Unfolding: Our Educational System”; Contributor, Articles, Professional Journals

Achievements:
Chaired Education Excellence Team on Vocational Education (1991); Created seminars to educate educators and the business community about changes in the field; Flew to many states to attend seminars and conferences in the field

Awards:
Honoree, Who’s Who in American Education (1997); Honoree, Who’s Who in Governmental Services (1990); Recipient, Certification of Appreciation, South Carolina Commission on Women

Memberships:
Member, South Carolina Vocational Association; Member, National Dropout Prevention Network; Member, National Business Education Association; Member, Marketing Education Association; Member, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; Member, South Carolina Network for Women Administrators in Education; Member, National Association of Secondary Supervisors and Principals; Member, International Technical Education Association; Member, American Vocational Association; Member, South Carolina Vocational Director’s Association; Member, National Tech Prep Network; Member, South Carolina Vocational Special Needs Division; Member, South Carolina Technical Education Association

Hobbies:
Horseback Riding: Antiques; Painting; Fishing

Biography Sources:
Who’s Who in America – 2016, 70th Edition (pub. 2016)
Who’s Who in America – 2015, 69th Edition (pub. 2014)
Who’s Who in America – 2014, 68th Edition (pub. 2013)
Who’s Who in America – 2013, 67th Edition (pub. 2012)
Who’s Who in America – 2012, 66th Edition (pub. 2011)
Who’s Who in America – 2011, 65th Edition (pub. 2010)
Who’s Who in America – 2010, 64th Edition (pub. 2009)
Who’s Who in America – 2009, 63rd Edition (pub. 2008)
Who’s Who in America – 2007, 61st Edition (pub. 2006)
Who’s Who in America – 2006, 60th Edition (pub. 2005)
Who’s Who in American Education – 2007-2008, 8th Edition (pub. 2007)
Who’s Who in American Education – 2004-2005, 6th Edition (pub. 2003)
Who’s Who in American Education – 1996-1997, 5th Edition (pub. 1995)
Who’s Who in the World – 2016, 33rd Edition (pub. 2016)
Who’s Who in the World – 2015, 32nd Edition (pub. 2014)
Who’s Who in the World – 2014, 31st Edition (pub. 2013)
Who’s Who in the World – 2013, 30th Edition (pub. 2012)
Who’s Who in the World – 2012, 29th Edition (pub. 2011)
Who’s Who in the World – 2011, 28th Edition (pub. 2010)
Who’s Who in the World – 2010, 27th Edition (pub. 2009)
Who’s Who in the World – 2009, 26th Edition (pub. 2008)
Who’s Who of American Women – 2010-2011, 28th Edition (pub. 2010)
Who’s Who of American Women – 2008-2009, 27th Edition (pub. 2008)
Who’s Who of American Women – 2006-2007, 25th Edition (pub. 2005)

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