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Dawn Robinson

Getting Down to Business with Dawn Robinson

Dawn Robinson is not only one of our business instructors here at Jefferson, she is also an alum!  Dawn graduated from Jefferson with an associate in applied science degree in retail business management in 1997 and during her time here as a student, she formed many relationships with both staff and faculty.  Professor Cherie Ditch was one professor who helped guide and mentor Dawn throughout her time at Jefferson. “I like to refer to Cherie as my mom away from mom; anytime I needed guidance she was always there to pull me back to earth, and still is,” she said.   After graduation, and many conversations with her mentor, Dawn wanted to give teaching a try. She transferred to Nazareth College where she earned her bachelor’s degree in distributive education and later earned her master’s degree in education from SUNY Potsdam.   

Dawn first began teaching business at Watertown High School, a job she loved and worked for nine years. In 2011 she was hired as a full-time business instructor with the College, and returning to Jefferson to teach, was like coming back home for Dawn.

Dawn has quickly garnered a reputation on campus for being both passionate and compassionate.  She loves to have fun and knows that sometimes it takes some flexibility in teaching to make sure that all of her students succeed.  “I like to say that if it takes me dancing on a chair for a student to understand and engage, then get me a chair!” Dawn goes above and beyond for her students and the complexity of her students is one of the many things she loves about Jefferson. “I love the diversity here, I look out in my classroom and see a traditional eighteen year old student sitting next to an adult student who has so much life experience already, and to see that interaction between them and how they both learn from one another is so amazing and makes me so proud to be teaching at Jefferson,” she said.

One of Dawn’s main goals as a teacher is to provide her students with skills that they can apply to their real life; and the College's Entrepreneurship Day (E-Day) event allows her students to apply those real life skills they learn here.  E-Day is a day-long conference for college and high school students from across the North Country. The spirit of E-Day is a business concept competition for high school students, with a potential reward of $500 to the winning team and $250 and $125 awards to the second and third place teams, respectively.  E-Day also features a keynote address and panel of local North Country entrepreneurs. “I first heard about E-Day when I was teaching high school and my senior class entered the competition and we won. It was such an amazing experience for me and my students that when I was hired at Jefferson, I knew I had to be a part of this amazing competition,” she said.  Dawn organizes the E-Day competition with Jefferson’s business and hospitality and tourism clubs and each year the competition gets bigger and more successful.  “All of the students that participate show a passion and enthusiasm for entrepreneurship in our area and to see them blossom through this process is the whole reason why I teach business.”

To learn more about E-Day or any of our business programs, please contact the admissions office at 315-786-2277.

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