In an interview with Marquis Who's Who, she explained, "I became an educator because it was the job the Lord chose for me.
CLOVER, SC, August 28, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Dawn Gabbitas Abell, MEd, is a distinguished biographee of Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are chosen from among a pool of the most prominent professionals and are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Drawing on over four decades of expertise in the field of academia, Ms. Abell specialized in art, research and education. Before her retirement in 2009, she found much success as an adult education instructor at the Chester County School District. Prior to this role, she was active as a substitute teacher for kindergarten through 12th grade, followed by a post of a computer lab manager at York School District One between 2004 and 2008. Ms. Abell initially began her career working as a first-grade teacher at a Learning Improvement Center in the Melvindale-North Allen Park School District from 1969 to 1979, while concurrently serving as an interior designer and owner of La Maison Magnifique in Dearborn, Michigan from 1975 until 1979.
Ms. Abell continued her career in education at the Clover School District, where she served as an art, remedial reading and writing teacher from 1979 to 1984. Between 1985 and 1996, she garnered expertise in a variety of academic and leadership roles, including as a teacher for the gifted at the Cherokee County School District, a district vocational coordinator for special populations at the Aiken County Public School District, an assistant director at the South Carolina Council on Vocational and Technical Education, an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina, a vocational coordinator at the Richland County School District One, a curriculum supervisor at the Beaufort-Jasper Academy for Career Excellence, and a technical preparatory director and an art teacher at the Gaston County Schools.
Ms. Abell continued to demonstrate proficiency in all aspects of her profession by advancing in her field as an assistant principal and an administrative assistant at the Union County Schools, followed by a post of a special advisor for vocational education at the Wilson County Schools between 1996 and 1998. She subsequently excelled as an assistant principal at Midwood High School, Starmount Elementary, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and the Sedgefield Middle School from 1998 to 2003. In her career related endeavors, Ms. Abell has led and attended various seminars and conferences, contributed to professional journals and authored such works as, "Noted Educator Advocated Restructure to Meet Societal and Industrial Change," "Job Seeking and Job Keeping," "Special Needs Populations in Vocational Education," "Business Industry Forum Report and Summary" and "An American Tragedy Unfolding: Our Educational System."
Prior to embarking on her professional journey, Ms. Abell pursued an education at Eastern Michigan University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in art education in 1969. She continued her academic efforts at Winthrop University, earning a Master of Education in school administration and supervision in 1982. As a commitment to her field, she was certified in elementary education, secondary administration and supervision, and as a reading specialist and a vocational center director. Furthermore, Ms. Abell has been active with several industry-related organizations, including the South Carolina Vocational Association, the National Business Education Association, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the South Carolina Network for Women Administrators in Education, the National Association of Secondary Supervisors and Principals and the International Technical Education Association, to only name a few.
In an interview with Marquis Who's Who, she explained, "I became an educator because it was the job the Lord chose for me. Everyone should provide the best appreciation for every child to have the best life. I understand what children endure and it was my duty to provide the way for them to achieve their dreams and to be there always when they needed me. It is important to be there for all children in the journey through their lives."
Well-regarded for her contributions to her specialty, Ms. Abell has received multiple awards, including the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and a certification of appreciation from the South Carolina Commission on Women. Additionally, she has been recognized as a Marquis Who's Who Industry Leader and a Marquis Who's Who Top Professional, and featured in the Wall Street Journal, Millennium Magazine, and the Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in Governmental Services and Marquis Who's Who of Professional Women publications. Among her professional accomplishments, she is most proud of her innovative ability to impact academia through her educational seminars and research on the changes affecting the field. Reflecting on a long career, she attributes much of her success to her honesty and desire to educate and help children advance. Looking toward the future, Ms. Abell aspires to return to her early passion of riding horses and creating realistic art by painting, drawing and working with pastels.
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