Head of Beginning & Lower School Welcome

Dawn Isaacs Beginning Lower School Pride Parade 2019

Meet Dawn Isaacs, Head of Beginning and Lower School

Dawn encounters a wide range of students In the Beginning and Lower Schools—seven grades in all—but remains committed to seeing every child as an individual learner. “Each child is the unit of consideration,” she says. “And we work to know where they are developmentally, and then to give them just the right experiences they need to move onto the next stage.”

For over two decades, Dawn’s work as educator has been focused on beginning and lower school students. She earned her B.A. in Education from Bradley University in Illinois and her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Maryville University in St. Louis. For most of her career, she taught kindergarten through 3rd grade in public, charter, and independent schools.

At Catlin Gabel, Dawn was a second grade homeroom teacher for four years, and then served for three years as Head of the Beginning School. With the merger of two divisions at the start of the 2018-19 school year, she became the Catlin Gabel Head of Beginning and Lower School.

They know how to engage in the world, how to wonder and ask questions, how to research and explore, and come up with ideas and solutions. And this lays the foundation for their future learning because now they know how to be a learner in the world, and that they are an active participant in it.

Dawn Isaacs