Dawnyela relocated to the Washington, D.C. area from the great state of Texas in 2004 to assist the D.C. Public Charter School Board (PCSB) in the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act as mandated by the Department of Education. Prior to that, her professional experiences ranged from working with first generation low-income high school students as an Upward Bound Academic Advisor and Counselor to providing support services to children and adults of all ages as an Associate Director of a community center in Fort Worth, Texas. Dawnyela also assisted the Fort Worth Independent School District in implementing its district wide mentoring program in an effort to provide at-risk students with the additional support they needed to ensure academic success. In March 2007, she received the TASSSP (Texas Association of Student Support Services Program) TRIO Achievers Award for her dedication to the students and communities she served.
Dawnyela obtained an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts from Texas Christian University. She also earned a Master of Science Degree in Counseling from the University of the District of Columbia. She enjoys spending quality time with family and friends and her all-time favorite hobby is traveling. Each year, Dawnyela looks forward to the opportunity to get to know and serve new students and families to ensure they have rich and varied options for their future.