Dawn Buckley holds a Bachelor’s in Education from Eastern Illinois University with a minor in art and social science as well as; a Masters in Educational Administration. She has taught in a variety of K-8 classrooms Illinois and Indiana) for the past 15 years. The last ten years of her teaching experience were in the Munster School System. She has coached cross country, track, taught honors art as well as; a variety of classes at South Shore Arts. She enjoys swimming and running and has completed seven marathons to date. Her career path changed eleven years ago when she had her first child Addison who just happens to have Down syndrome. She started volunteering for the Down Syndrome Association of Northwest Indiana ten years ago and served as the organizations Executive Director for 6 years. She still has a passion to serve the community and now holds the position of Director of Programs.