In 1987, Dawn Werner earned a degree in Business from Virginia Intermont College (her mother's alma mater) in Bristol, Virginia. After several years in the business sector, Dr. Werner returned to school at East Tennessee State University to earn her Master of Arts in Teaching degree. The influence of her father's successful career in education as Vice President for Information Systems at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia; and her complete desire to be just like him, made the decision to enter the field of education very simple. Dr. Werner saw how being an educator could positively affect many people and she wanted to be able to do the same. Inspired by her father, Dr. Bob, she went back to East Tennessee State University earning her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from East Tennessee State University in 2005, to be Dr. Dawn.Dr. Werner's distinguished career in education can be contributed to the training she received from East Tennessee State University. In 2006, she was selected Tennessee Teacher of the Year. That same year Dr. Werner was the only recipient of the YWCA of Bristol's Tribute to Women Award in the education category. In 1999 and 2005, Dr. Werner was a nominee for the Outstanding Teacher Award presented by the Rotary Club of Bristol TN-VA, Rotary International. Dr. Werner has also been recognized by the Tennessee State Senate with a Joint Resolution and a Proclamation from the Tennessee House of Representatives recognizing her contribution to education. She was honored to be a special guest of the Governor at the 2006 State of the State Address.
In 2006, Dr. Werner was appointed by the Governor to the Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center (ARCC) at Edvantia Advisory Board. This Advisory Board helps to support, serve, and implement the goals established between ARCC and the U. S. Department of Education to support No Child Left Behind (NCLB). She has been trained and certified to
serve as a surrogate parent for special education students in the State of Tennessee. In addition, she was selected to serve as a member of the Tennessee State Vocabulary Committee, a committee created to establish vocabulary standards for the State. Dr. Werner has also been a contributor to Scholastic (RED) Inc. for a paper on Effective Teachers and Retention of Effective Teachers. She has also had the opportunity to speak to many groups and organizations regarding The Effectiveness of Teachers.
Currently Dr. Werner works for the Bristol Tennessee City School system as the Grant Administrator and Project Director for an eight million dollar Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant. During her fifteen years with Bristol Tennessee City schools, Dr. Werner has served the school system as a first grade and kindergarten classroom teacher and a Title I teacher focusing on teaching remedial reading.
Dawn is married to Mark Werner, Regulatory Affairs Manager for Phoenix Medical Products, Inc. in Mountain City. The couple resides in Bluff City.