Dawn Evenson

Executive Director of Education

Professional Background

I’ve been an educator for over 35 years. I taught elementary school and middle school for 13 years and was a Principal in a district for 10 years. I am the founder of 10 charter schools and a school director, executive director, and CEO. I work with Maker Learning Network, helping Charter Schools and other non-profits launch, become successful, and do great things for our communities!

What do you consider to be your greatest professional achievement so far?

Creating and supporting schools and programs where learners are “Free to Think, Inspired to Lead” is my greatest professional achievement–and the only way to make our world a better place.

On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me…

On my sunny deck, sipping tea or coffee, taking in the beauty of my garden and flowers. And reading a great novel OR working out on my Peloton (which I am addicted to!)

What was your favorite subject in school?

Truth be told, I liked any subject as long as I liked the teacher. I did have some great Language Arts teachers, and I’ve always loved to read so that subject is probably at the top of my list.

Flashback to when you were 10 years old. What do you want to be when you grow up?

I knew I would be a teacher. Actually, when I was 10 years old, I went down to the local Methodist and asked the pastor if I could open a school there on Saturdays. I mean it seemed logical to me because no one was using the rooms. He allowed me to do it one Saturday to try it out. Sadly, I could not get any kids to come to school on a Saturday, so it was a short-lived school.

What inspired you to pursue a career in this field, and how does it align with your passions and interests?

In the words of Lady Gaga, “I was born this way.” I knew from very early on that I would be an educator. My passion and interest have always been working with kids, teaching new things, and creating schools. I can’t explain it–it is just me at my core.

I DID join the charter school movement because there was a lack of creativity, innovation, fun, and freedom to do what is best for kids in the district school setting. Even though charter work is much more difficult, I’m so thankful that I made the switch, and we have created innovative schools that give families a choice to find the right educational fit for their child.