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Hear from Dawn Gilchrist about the big picture at Jackson County Schools.

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Meet Dawn Gilchrist

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I teach at Jackson Community School because we provide a loving and safe place for students whose lives have been difficult. It is wonderful to work here because there is no other place where I can teach this kind of population in an environment where everyone—from the principal to my fellow teachers—sees that the big picture is what matters for these students if we want to help them improve their lives.

Dawn Gilchrist


  • 9-12th Grade English Teacher


  • Western Carolina University


  • Jackson County School, District, Region Teacher of the Year, 2019-2020
  • Swain County School, District, Region Teacher of the Year, 2000
  • National NCTE/Mailer Teacher Writing Award, 2011
  • Founder Speechless, Student Writing Anthology, 1999
  • Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, STAR Teacher Award 1994

Why I Teach

I teach because the public school classroom is the best place to effect change, the best place to create in the young the belief that they deserve a place at the human table, and the best place to convey the knowledge that the gift of consciousness carries with it great responsibilities and great joy.

Jackson County Public Schools by the numbers

  • 325

    Dedicated Teachers

  • 3,800

    Engaged Learners

  • $35,000

    New Teacher Starting Salary

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