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·      Deeply dedicated and highly seasoned professional with a strong work ethic and excellent community service record.

·      Skilled arts integration specialist, teaching artist, and curriculum designer adept in the integration of art modalities to  

       engage audiences through storytelling, poetry, music, movement and dance, visual arts, and drama.

·      Organizer and planner for cultural and public community service events for audiences of all ages and diverse backgrounds. ·      Results-driven leader with proven capability to foster innovation and develop a vision.



Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, Summa Cum Laude, 2015 Masters in Education, Arts Integrated Curriculum Instruction

Thesis: The Role of the Arts in Promoting Student Voice and Empowerment for Engaged Learning in High Schools

Overall G.P.A.: 4.0

Middlebury College, Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury, VT, 2006 Overall G.P.A.: 3.7

Converse College, Lancaster, SC Secondary Education Certificate, 2003

Overall G.P.A.: 4.0

College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, 1996-2001 Bachelors in English



  • Arts Council of York County Literary Competition Winner, 2018

  • Arts Council of York County Grant Recipient, “Why We Celebrate Juneteenth”, 2017-18

  • Language Arts/Creative Writing Teacher of the Year,Teen Ink, 2017

  • Blue Ribbon Teacher, 2017-18

  • Rock Hill District #3 Innovation Grant Recipient “Dave the Potter: Molding and Shaping Minds”, Superlative Rating,

  • Rock Hill Youth Council Grant Recipient, “Travel the Globe: South Pointe International Festival”, 2015-16

  • NEH Landmarks of American History & Culture “Crafting Freedom: African-American Entrepreneurs in the Antebellum South” Fellowship, 2015

  • Advisor of the Best Literary Magazine in State by SCSPA & Best Magazine in Class, 2014-15 with All-State Rating

  • Cindy Mackie Higher Education grant recipient, 2013-14

  • South Pointe High School SPiN Teacher of the Week, December 2015

  • South Pointe High School Teacher of the Month for Excellence, 2014

  •  South Pointe Teacher of the Month for Community 2012, 2013

  • South Pointe High School English Chairperson, 2012 to present

  • Recognition by Rock Hill District Language Arts Coordinator for the organization of the model secondary bookroom, 2012

  • Distinguished Climber, Rock Hill School District #3 for Technology-2012

  • Bread Loaf School of English Teaching Fellow, 2006

  • WRHI Teacher of the Day award recipient, 2005, 2007


  •  Rock Hill Reads Association, October 2018-present

  •  South Carolina State Council of the International Reading Association, August 2018-present

  •  City of Rock Hill Community Relations Vice President, Black History Month Chair, MLK Essay Chair, 2016-present

  • City of Rock Hill Juneteenth, Inc. Board President, Secretary, Participant Chair, Vendor Coordinator, and Children Activities Coordinator, 2014-present

  •  South Carolina Scholastic Press Association Midlands Representative and Adviser Board Member, 2013-present

  •  Palmetto State Teacher’s Association, 2011-present



  • Yorkville Literary Festival, Author Speaker, York, SC, 2018

  •  Darlington County Missionary & Education Baptist Union, Keynote Speaker, York, SC, 2018

  • Roses from Concrete”, Black History Month Program Keynote Speaker, York High School, 2017

  • The Missing Voice", wrote, starred, and directed in this one-woman show to bring awareness to the educational and social needs of the students and facilitated an arts integration strategy session to provide teachers with instructional tools, 2013.

  •  “Watch Me Click, Watch Me Edit”, “Marking to the Masses”, “What’s Trending?” Scholastic Press Association, University of South Carolina, 2013-2016

  • “Senioritis Cure: Senior Project” Presenter at the High Schools That Works Development Conference- 2013

  •  “How to Transform a High School Departmental Bookroom and Increase Student Scores” Presenter at the High Schools That Works Staff Development Conference- 2013

  • “Common Core State Standards” Instructor for district-wide sessions to educate teachers -2012-13


  • Discovery Education Technology Ambassador, 2015-present

  • Member, South Pointe High School African American Male Professional Learning Community, co-organized African American Male Speaker Series and implemented ideas to assist with student achievement for the target group, 2014-15

  • Member, South Pointe High School Improvement Council, 2004-2006



2018, CN2 News

Topic: Kwanzaa Rock Hill Celebration

2018,” City of Rock Hill MLK Breakfast

“We March on: Coretta Scott King Dramatization,

Written and performed by Carlo Dawson

 Monday, January 15, 2018


2017,” York County Library System  

“Lil; Lillie Ann’s 1st Juneteenth” and “On the Front Porch with Mama Millie”,

Written and performed by Carlo Dawson

Monday, June 8 and 10, 2017


2016, Juneteenth-Rock Hill, Inc. “A Day of Jubilee” Juneteenth Play, written and performed by Carlo Dawson Friday and Saturday, June 19, 2016


2016, WBTV-TV Bounce

Topic: Juneteenth-Rock Hill Promotion Tuesday, June 9, 2016


2016, Juneteenth-Rock Hill, Inc. Dramatic Reenactment, Harriet Tubman Saturday, June 18, 2015


2015, Juneteenth-Rock Hill, Inc. Host, Juneteenth Food Truck Friday Friday, June 17, 2015·   


2015, CN2 News

Topic: Juneteenth Dramatic Interpretation Saturday, June 20, 2015


2014, Visions and Beyond Christian Ministries Anniversary Celebration

“We are Conquerors” original poetry recitation


2014, NAACP Banquet

Performance, original music performance


2013, The College of Charleston Magazine Title: “The Time is Now”

 September 7, 2013


2012, The Herald

Title: “South Pointe Teacher Follows Her Dream” By: Shawn Cetrone, December 23, 2012


2011, The Herald: Latest News Section (Cover),

  • Title: “Students push South Pointe Teacher to Follow her Musical Dream” By Shawn Cetrone, May 16, 2011



2017, “Why We Celebrate: The Rich Legacy of Juneteenth, June 2017

2016, Semblance of a Footprint: A Collection of Intimate Poetry & Strategies for Healing After the Loss of an Unborn or Newly Born Child",

           October 2016

2016, Website & Blog,

2014, “A Students Voice: Why the Arts are Essential for Multicultural Education and for Student Empowerment?” Curriculum Guide. December 2014

2013, “The Time is Now”, Original Track produced in compilation for the College of Charleston Sampler Soundtrack. 2012, “The Book of My Revelation” Original CD, December 2012.

2000, Lake Wylie Magazine Newspaper Article

2000-2001, ‘Daddy, Come Home” Original Poetry, “Tribal Voices” (Editor-in-Chief)


  •  Teaching Excellence & Achievement (TEA) Partner Teacher, 2015-present

  • Mentor Teacher, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC, 2010-present

  • Mentor Teacher, Rock Hill School District #3

  • Summative ADEPT Formal Evaluation of Teachers (SAFE-T) Evaluator

  • Founder & advisor, PROGENY multicultural service club, Northwestern ,August 2002 -2004

  • Cultural Diversity Coordinator/Founder & advisor, PROGENY multicultural service club, South Pointe High,

August 2005-present August 2005-present August 2012 –2015

·      Impulse Literary Magazine Staff Advisor, South Pointe High ·       

English Department Chairperson,     South Pointe High

August 2005-present August 2006-present



Curriculum Designer and Instructor, Creative Writing, South Pointe High School, Rock Hill, SC Curriculum Designer and Instructor, Creative Writing 2, South Pointe High School, Rock Hill, SC Instructor, English IV British Literature Course, South Pointe High School, Rock Hill, SC

-Created department-wide Senior English Project, which prepares students for college and career readiness

August 2005-June 2011 August 2005-2007 August 2005-2008 August 2002-2005

Instructor, English I, II, III, IV South Pointe High School, Rock Hill, SC

Instructor, International Baccalaureate English, South Pointe High School, Rock Hill, SC Freshman Academy Team Leader, South Pointe High School, Rock Hill, SC

Instructor, Public Speaking, Northwestern High School, Rock Hill, SC



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