Rookey, Dawn (English)


Dawn Rookey
C About Me

I’ve grown up in the Blue Ridge, and no matter where I’ve lived or traveled, I’ve always been called back to the misty, blue beauty of these mountains. I’ve been working at Owen High School since 2001, and every morning when I get out of my car, I am astonished by the loveliness that surrounds me. Living and working in this community is such a blessing, and I am happy to come to work and be able to share this place with so many good people. I enjoy teaching and believe fervently that education offers liberty to anyone who is willing to open him or herself up to the experience. I am thrilled when students discover something about themselves in the literature they read or the texts they write-- thrilled, when students realize that the “powerful play goes on” and they “will contribute a verse.”

 I share my life with a wonderful husband (who is also a teacher), my son (who is a junior in college), two cats, and a dog.

“And that is just the point... how the world, moist and beautiful, calls to each of us to make a new and serious response. That's the big question, the one the world throws at you every morning. "Here you are, alive. Would you like to make a comment?”

― Mary Oliver

BA , English, Western Carolina University, 1996
MA, Literature Western Carolina University, 2012