We’re thrilled to have you as part of the Dawson Parent Association (DPA). Being a parent or guardian of a current Dawson School student means you’re a member of the active DPA community and a welcome participant in all we do to make Dawson extraordinary.

Our Goals are:

  • To build a strong sense of community and school spirit by facilitating dynamic events geared towards bringing families together and creating rich new relationships.
  • To support the students, faculty and staff through curriculum enrichment and creative displays of gratitude.
  • To create a strong avenue of communication between the Dawson School Administration and the Dawson Parent Community.

DPA Community Building Initiatives: These are various events designed to bring families together and have a great time in the act. Think, Dawson Fest, Holiday Coffee & Market, Faculty/Staff Appreciation Breakfast, Quiz Night. 

DPA Supported Fundraisers: We work directly with the Dawson School Development Office to assist them with their efforts, raising funds for operating expenses and educational opportunities for our beloved students and faculty. Think, The Dawson Fund, the Spring Auction & Gala.


  President - Shannon Knobel
  Vice President -Open 
  Secretary - Angie Flachman
  Treasurer - Mina Amin
  Assistant Treasurer - Jill Slater
  Marketing Director - Leslie Peng
  Upper School Coordinator - Keough Duckett & Randi Scherr
  Middle School Coordinators - Hillary Cardinal & Nicole Gittens Ashby
  Lower School Coordinators - Julie Collins & Heather Zapletal

  Community Service/Dawson Cares - Heather Schaknowski
  Dawson Fest - Wendy Lewis, Michelle Yano
  Faculty/Staff Appreciation - Elizabeth Racca Johnson
  Gift Card Program - Kirsten Eldridge
  King Soopers Program - Nicole Heathwood & Shari Manzardo
  Holiday Coffee - Tama Heinrichs
  Spirit Wear - Carrie Goldin & Beth Petersen
  Sunshine Club - Colby Yardley
  The Stang - Michelle Lieber & Peggy Thorstad

  Kindergarten - Bhargavi Gorukanti & Heather Zapletal
  1st Grade - Heather Schaknowski & Alex Schneider
  2nd Grade - Bhargavi Gorukanti & Kristin Jackson
  3rd Grade - Catherine Hagney Brown, Ana Paula Góes Hees,  & Jennifer Shook
  4th Grade - Megan Dunleavy
  5th Grade - Julie Krevitt & Amanda Pickett
  6th Grade - Angie Flachman & Beth Petersen
  7th Grade - Jen Halverson & Jill Slater
  8th Grade - Lindsey Gutman & Randi Scherr
  9th Grade - Michelle Yano & Edlyn Moy
  10th Grade - Alicen Halquist & Ana Paul Góes Hees
  11th Grade - Ashton Burridge & Beth Marbach
  12th Grade - Beth Waters & Nancy Travis

Comments / Suggestions?

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions - or if you would like to become more involved in the Dawson Parent Association - we would love to hear from you! 


DPA All-Parent Meetings
One of the best ways to connect with parents and stay informed about the school. Meetings typically include brief updates from DPA leadership and committees and Dawson administrators, and may include a presentation of topics of interest. Please join us!

  - Coffee, social time, committee info & signups
  - DPA & Dawson administration updates
  - Staff presentations on topics parents have requested
  - Division breakout sessions, as needed

DPA All-Parent Meeting Schedule 2021-22
Held in Dining Commons unless otherwise noted
  Friday, September 10 - 8:00 a.m.
  Friday, October 8 - 8:00 a.m.
  Friday, November 12 - 8:00 a.m.
  Friday, February 11 - 8:00 a.m.
  Friday, March 11 - 8:00 a.m.
  Friday, April 8 - 8:00 a.m. Elections
  Friday, May 13 - 8:00 a.m. Volunteer Appreciation & Training

Additional Calendar Information
Dawson Fest - Friday, September 24
Holiday Coffee & Market - Friday, December 3
Stay tuned for more!
The Dawson annual Spring Auction & Gala is planned for Saturday, April 30, 2022 - save the date!


Ms. Sandy Wachtel 1989-90
Ms. Paula Fitzgerald 1990-91
Ms. Susan Fey 1991-92
Ms. Lynn Wing 1992-93
Ms. Mari Fink and Ms. Mary Jo Reitsema 1993-94
Mr. Joe Gury 1994-95
Ms. Jan Domlesky 1995-96
Ms. Kerry Chubb 1996-97
Ms. Phyllis Wibby 1998-99
Ms. Uriah Bueller 1999-00
Ms. Cheryl Orr 2000-01
Ms. Terri Hecht 2001-02
Ms. Susan Borst 2002-04
Ms. Christina Hinton 2004-06
Ms. Kristy Anderson 2005-07
Ms. Marie Stears 2008-10
Ms. Sally Dulin 2010-11
Ms. Lori Winsor 2011-12
Ms. Sarah Amirani 2012-13
Ms. Tala Bynum 2013-14
Ms. Winston Berry 2014-15
Ms. Lisa Albright 2015-17
Ms. Maria Salinas 2017-18
Ms. Julie Gionet 2018-20
Ms. Michelle Yano 2020-21
Ms. Shannon Knobel 2021-