Dottie Dawn

Dottie Dawn

Third Grade


Welcome to Third Grade! Third Grade is an exciting time for our kids as they move from "learning how to read" to "reading to learn"! The eagerness of my students to explore, become curious, and learn about their world absolutely fuels my passion for teaching! I LOVE being part of those "Ah! Ha!" moments when a child puts logic and reason together to make sense of something! I think I am as excited about those moments as the kids are!

In addition to the published curriculum of third grade, I believe the "unwritten curriculum" of becoming a person of character and integrity is equally as important. Respect, responsibility, and compassion are the foundation of our classroom. It's non-negotiable. 😊 Also, teaching children to be productive members of our society and giving back to our communities in which we participate makes a better world for everyone! I very much enjoy watching my students as they grow in all areas!

About Me

After spending eighteen years as a partner in an commercial insurance agency bonding and insuring contractors, I had my own "Ah! Ha!" moment and decided to pursue my lifelong passion for teaching! I have never regretted that decision for one moment!

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Arizona State University magna cum laude. I then completed my Master of Arts in Elementary Education Curriculum from Northern Arizona University. Upon graduating, I began teaching in the Gilbert District and having been teaching here for almost thirty years. I appreciate the fine leadership and community of the District. I feel very blessed for the opportunities our District has afforded me. I have taught first, third, fourth, fifth, and 4/5 multi-age grades.

I was born in Ohio and came to Arizona when I was 2 years old so I feel like I'm a native Arizonan! I am lucky to be married to an amazing, supportive man! We have four daughters and two sons, two dogs, and two cats. I enjoy spending time at our home in Alpine, AZ among the aspen and fir trees, SCUBA diving, reading, crafts, quilting, riding my quads, photography, and being in nature. Life is good!

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