Dawn Suzette Smith
Dawn has vivid memories of copying storybooks word for word when she was a beginning writer. She did not know it was copywork at the time, but it started a lifelong love of writing. Her home is filled with books (she had a large storybook collection before she even thought of having kids of her own) so it was no mystery when her daughter became an avid consumer of the written word.
She has been homeschooling her two kids for the past 9 years and using the Brave Writer philosophy for almost 4 years now. As a writer herself she thought teaching her kids to write would be breeze. Little did she know how much guidance she would need along the way. Discovering Brave Writer was a lifesaver for teaching her kids writing in a way that honored their individual voices, which blended perfectly with the child-led Project-Based Homeschooling approach her family has used since the beginning of their homeschool adventure.
Dawn earned her B.A. in Psychology from Humboldt State University (California) and taught in a California Title 9 High School for 6 years before coming home to homeschool her kids. She was the Health Department Chair and coached water polo and swimming. She has worked for many years to promote children’s connection with nature and outdoor pursuits for both physical and mental health.
In 2016 the book she co-authored, “Whatever the Weather,” was published and has helped to spread the message of outdoor fun and learning. She also created the Mud Puddles Nature Lab to help families connect with nature and bring nature study into their everyday family life.
Dawn’s writing has been featured in magazines, blogs, and online journals. Her photography was used in her book, and has been featured in magazines, blogs, science presentations, and used by the National Parks Service in an interpretive display.
Back in 2008 Dawn and her family sold almost everything, loaded the rest in a tiny trailer, and moved across the continent from California to Nova Scotia. She lives just a hop, skip, and jump from the beautiful, rocky Atlantic coast.