Tend my lambs – John 21:16
The Holy Nativity School religion program is built on the belief that spiritual growth is natural and fundamental: it cannot be forced but can be encouraged; creativity and joyfulness in spirit can be cultivated through invitation and example. Students are encouraged to explore their family faith traditions and are supported by the model of Episcopal worship as a foundation for, or to contrast with, their own tradition.
Holy Nativity School is an inclusive, respectful community that, as an institution, expresses its spiritual life through Episcopal language and liturgy. In religion class, children discuss universal themes and values and respond to sacred stories. Chapel services are times for the school to gather as a community on a regular basis, exposes students to liturgy and allows them to assume community leadership roles. The program as a whole inculcates the sense that a richness of spirit is one of the gifts of being human.
“Walking into the gate nestled between neatly trimmed hedges, I am greeted everyday with smiles and laughter of children, families and faculty members who like myself, have fallen in love with this little school in the valley. Inside the gate, a community of learners, visionaries and our future leaders gather everyday to work, play and DREAM.” Dawn enjoys serving the school community as chaplain and part of the school’ administrative team. Prior to teaching religion, she completed her student-teaching in the first grade classroom and also spent time as an assistant in the third grade classroom before serving as the first grade lead teacher from 2004-2007.
Born and raised in Hawaii, Dawn graduated from LaPietra and later received her B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology from Chaminade University of Honolulu. In 2009, Dawn obtained a Master’s Degree in Education with a focus in Private School Leadership from the University of Hawaii (in conjunction with HAIS, Hawaii Association of Independent Schools).
Dawn feels blessed to have the opportunity to teach because each child is a gift, a treasure! “I teach because I wonder. I teach because I believe. I teach because I hope. I teach because I love. I teach because I am… I am someone who wonders about the possibilities harnessed within the heart of a child. I am someone who believes in a child’s unique talents, ideas, and dreams for the future. I am someone who hopes that one day a child will be inspired. I am someone who loves that teaching holds endless possibilities—I love what I do and I love learning. I am… because I teach.”