Dawn is from the small town of Wadena in Northeast Iowa. She first came to Camp Wyoming as a counselor four years ago, and since then, has fallen in love with this place and this ministry. She says, “I never went to camp as a kid, so my time at Camp Wyoming has been a gift! I love spending time outdoors, enjoying the summer weather, and being active in God’s creation.” She is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in Math, Science, and Reading. Dawn now works as a full-time substitute teacher for the Iowa City Community School District. She says, “I work in elementary schools all around Iowa City! I hope to have my own classroom in the fall.”
Even if she didn’t grow up going to summer camp, Dawn quickly adapted to summer camp and all the craziness that comes along with it. She has such a fun and social personality, which helps her to get along with campers and staff alike. Dawn says, “I am most excited to work with the campers! I have loved getting to know so many of them over the years, and am ready to lead them in growing their faith and just having fun together this summer. I am happy to give back to a place I love so much.” When she’s not teaching or working at camp, Dawn is a person of many talents. She says she has recently started learning to cross stitch, is a beginning wood-worker, is trying to learn to speak French, and even plays a little bit of guitar. She also likes to cook, run, read, and spend time with family and friends. Those who know Dawn know that she is so friendly, fun to be around, and always laughing.
Dawn connects best to God through reading her Bible. In fact, she’s following a Bible reading plan that will allow her to read the entire Bible throughout the course of this year. We’re so excited that she’s chosen to share her many gifts, talents, and loves with us this summer.
Dawn’s favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:8-9: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”