Who's Who Top Educators

Dawn Gabbitas Abell

Title: (Retired) Teacher, Administrator
Location: Clover, South Carolina, United States

Dawn Abell, Retired Teacher and Administrator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of education.

As a student, Ms. Abell earned a Bachelor of Art Education from Eastern Michigan University in 1969. Following graduation, she dove into her teaching career, working at the 1st Grade Learning Improvement Center for a decade, from 1969 to 1979. For the latter half of her employment at the center, she worked as the owner and interior designer at La Maison Magnifique, and in 1979 she started as an art and remedial reading and writing teacher for Clover School District 2. She remained at the school for five years, and in the meantime, she returned to her studies, earning a Master of Education in school administration and supervision from Winthrop University in 1982.

For the next few years, Ms. Abell gained experience in various educational roles, working as assistant director of the South Carolina Council on Vocational and Technical Education, adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina, and vocational coordinator at Richland County School District 1. In 1994, Ms. Abell worked as an art teacher for Gaston County Schools, and in 1996, she started as an administrative assistant at Union County Schools. Putting her expertise as a school administrator to further use, she worked as an assistant principal for five years, from 1998 to 2003, at three different schools. Prior to her retirement in 2009, she worked as an adult education instructor for Chester County School District, and computer lab manager for York School District One. In 2004, she continued her education further, studying at both Winthrop University and Converse College.

In addition to her experience as an administrator and educator, Ms. Abell also boasts several professional certifications. She holds a certification in elementary education, a certification as a specialist in reading, a certification in secondary administration and supervision, and a certification as a vocational center director, among others. Ms. Abell has also maintained memberships to various professional organizations, including the South Carolina Vocational Association, the National Dropout Prevention Network, the South Carolina Technical Education Association, the National Association of Secondary Supervisors and Principals, and the South Carolina Network for Women Administrators in Education. She has also lent her expertise to many published works, including authoring “An American Tragedy Unfolding: Our Educational System,” co-authoring “Job Seeking and Job Keeping,” and contributing various articles to professional journals.

Ms. Abell wholeheartedly believes that the children must come first for any successful educator. Throughout her career, she strove to tackle difficult roles and excelled as a creative problem solver. Her dedication and concern for the students made her an expert administrator and teacher, and she was labeled as a “visionary and maverick” by her state superintendent. Former Lt. Gov. Nick Theodore asserted that “education has been well served by [Ms. Abell’s] dedication and innovative efforts.” As a testament to her success and stature as an educator and administrator, she has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who in America.

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