Phone: 828-726-3855


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 23rd 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 last 20 years, I have been at Granite Falls Middle School. This year I'm starting my new adventure with the Caldwell Online Academy, teaching both Middle School and High School Business Courses and I am very excited! Also, 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

  • Welcome to Ms. Smith's class:)

    A little more about me.....

    I am excited about teaching!! I have 2 children, Laney Sue (Age 17) and Grady (Age 15 soon), who 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.


    Live Zoom Office Hours

    Tues. Wed. Thurs. for
    Business Essentials
    Tues. Wed. Thurs. for
    Career Management


    All lessons will be posted using Canvas


  • Course Information- for Semester 1 High School & Middle School (All Grades throughout the year)

    High School- Business Essentials

    Understanding Business Ethics

    Understanding aspects of today’s Business Environment

    Understanding Business Business Management including Human Resources & Customer Relations.

    Learning about Business Operations including Accounting, Finance, basic Operating procedures, and Marketing.

    Understanding the impact and importance of Technology in Business.

    Learn about job research skills.

    High School- Career Management

    ***Honors sections will have an added Honors Portfolio to complete.

    Understanding the unique educational Opportunities of Career & Technical Education (CTE)

    Understand student preferences & alignment with career interests.

    Understanding Career Information in relation to goals.

    Understand the relationship between education and career goals.

    Understand how to manage & create a career plan. 

    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 system.
    • 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


    • PROCEDURES, MATERIALS NEEDED, RULES ETC. - All linked below in the Document Manager with each Syllabus.