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 senior in high school), three 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 in English, Cum Laude, Western Carolina University
MA in Literature from Western Carolina University
Career Accomplishments and Certifications
English II EOC Range Finding Scorer, 2015
NC Curriculum Standards Review, Region Eight, 2014
Buncombe County Schools Teacher of the Year, 2012-2013
West Region Teacher of the Year Finalist, 2012-2013
Owen District Teacher of the Year, 2012-2013
NEH Summer Institute Scholar: Power and Place: Appalachia a History of Mountains and People 2011
AP Language and Composition Test Reader for College Board 2011-2015
NCAT Teacher Scholars in Residence Program 2011
District Coordinator for Poetry Out Loud 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011, 2013
Creator, developer, and instructor of BCS Course Recovery 2010-2012
Asheville Arts Council Teacher of the Year 2006
National Board Certification in English 9-12 2007
AP Language and Composition Certification 2004
Helped Draft the Honors English Standard Course of Study for NC Department of Instruction 2004-2005
NC Teaching Certification 1996