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), 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.

    Ms. Smith's Intro Slide Show



    Live Zoom Office Hours

    Tues. Wed. Thurs. for
    Business Essentials-Semester 1/ Microsoft Word & PowerPoint-Semester 2
    Tues. Wed. Thurs. for
    Career Management-Semester 1/ Entrepreneurship 1-Semester 2


    All lessons will be posted using Canvas


  • Course Information for all courses taught throughout the year

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

    High School- Entrepreneurship 1

    ***Students earn Industry Credentials using the "Everfi" course

    ***Students will have to complete a Performance Based Measurement Portfolio throughout the course which will count 20% of final grade.

    Understanding entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial mindset, and business ethics

    Understanding design thinking, Lean Canvas Business Model, and feasibility of ideas

    Understanding marketing strategies, unique selling propositions, customer segments

    Understanding channels of distribution and cost structure

    Understanding pricing, revenue streams, and key metrics

    High School- Microsoft Word and PowerPoint

    Learn about Microsoft software tools to tackle real-world challenges in the classroom environment.

    Learn to use the current version of Microsoft Word interface, commands, and features to create, enhance, customize, share and create complex documents, and publish them.

    Learn to use the current version of Microsoft PowerPoint interface, commands, and features to create, enhance, customize, and deliver presentations. 

    ***Students will test for Microsoft Credentials after each section

    High School- Business Essentials

    ***Students take a CTE State Assessment at the end, counting 20% of final grade

    Understanding Business Ethics

    Understanding aspects of today’s Business Environment

    Understanding 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

    ***Students earn Job Readiness Credentials through the Conover Online Program

    ***Students will have to complete a Performance Based Measurement Portfolio throughout the course which will count 20% of final grade.

    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.