Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Dawn Walker
Welcome to 6th grade at Greenwood Elementary!
My name is Mrs. Dawn Walker. I have an amazing family, including two sons in 11th grade. I'm so excited to be back at Greenwood this year, teaching 6th grade, Virtual Academy, Math & Science.
I graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, GA in 1996 (pre-law- B.S. in Philosophy & Religion), changed careers and graduated from Coker College with a B.S. in Elementary Education (2008). I also earned a Master of Education (MEd) in Instructional Accomodations from Francis Marion University in 2011. My certification is in Elementary Education, and recently added Middle School ELA. I am an eternal student, learning from conferences, workshops, texts, teachers, students, and the world around me.
I was honored to be the 2012-2013 Timrod Elementary Teacher of the Year and Florence School District One Honor Roll Teacher (finalist to District Teacher of the Year). In addition, I was thrilled to be presented with the 2013 FMU Veteran Educator Award.
I have been a swim coach for over 25 years and consider that to be my life long hobby. I was a member of the swim team at Emory University, qualified for the 1996 Olympic Trials, and I love to escape to the water every chance I get! I am the head coach of FAST (Florence Area Swim Team). Other hobbies include traveling, reading and photography. I recently discovered running... well, more like run some, then walk some. My students in 2013-2014 cheered me on as I completed my first 5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon that school year.
My goal as a teacher is to help each student reach their fullest potential, having fun along the way.
The 2020- 21 school year will be my 12th full year teaching in Florence One Schools (year 13 starts in January). Prior to coming to Greenwood, I worked as the PYP Coordinator at North Vista Elementary, taught at Timrod Elementary for 10 years, and I taught 8th and 11th grades English at a private school prior to Timrod.