Phone: 828-396-2341


Degrees and Certifications:

National Board Certification- Career & Technical Education/Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood- Nov 2008 Curriculum Specialist MA program with concentration in Business Education, ASU- Spring 2007 Teacher Licensure in Business Education- 2004 BS in Business Administration, Major in Marketing, ASU– Spring, 1998

Ms. Dawn Smith

This is my 22nd year teaching. I have a passion for teaching and learning. I received my BSBA in Business Administration in 1998 for Marketing from ASU. I, then, worked as a Retail Manager for Belk for 3 years, but it was not fulfilling. I decided to go back to school to receive my Teacher Licensure in Business Education and began teaching with Catawba County Schools for the 1st 2 years of my teaching experience. And for the past 18 years I have been at GFMS. In 2007, I received my Masters Degree for "Curriculum Specialist" with a concentration in Business Education from ASU. In November of 2008, I received my National Board Certification for Career & Technical Education for Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood. 

  • "Tell me & I forgot,

    Teach me & I remember.

    Involve me & I learn."

                  --Benjamin Franklin

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  • Welcome to Ms. Smith's class:)

    A little more about me.....

    I am excited about teaching!! I have 2 children, Laney Sue (Age 16) and Grady (Age 14 soon) that I adore. We love to live an active lifestyle and travel everywhere we can and experience new people and cultures. I also love live theater. I will take a play over a movie any day.



    Ms. Smith

    My Lessons will be posted on my Google Classroom  

  • Topics of Study

    6th Grade

    Exploring Business & Entrepreneurship

    • Understanding the Purposes & Functions of Business
    • Compare the 4 main types of Businesses
    • Classify Businesses as either Profit or Non- Profit
    • Recall the personal characteristics and skills needed for a successful entrepreneur.
    • Understand entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial process.
    • Financial Literacy

    7th Grade

    Exploring Economic Systems

    • 2.01 Compare different types of economic systems:  traditional, free enterprise, command, and mixed economies.
    • 2.02 Interpret supply and demand graphs.
    • 2.03 Explain how the Federal Reserve, Stock Market, and e-commerce impact the United States’ economic systems.
    • 2.04 Understand the United States’ economic systems.
    • Financial Literacy


    8th Grade

    Exploring Business Procedures & Leadership 

    • 5.01 Understand appropriate business etiquette and business communication.
    • 5.02 Understand ethics and ethical decision-making.
    • 6.01 Understand skills required for seeking employment.
    • 6.02 Understand procedures for gaining employment.
    • 6.03 Understand behaviors required to maintain employment.
    • 7.01 Understand leadership.
    • 7.02 Understand teambuilding.
    • Financial Literacy