Beverly Dawson will be guest of honor at a reception honoring the retiring principal of Sorgho Elementary School. The reception is open to family, friends, current and former co-workers from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 4, in the SES media center. The school is located at 5390 Kentucky 56. 

Beverly Dawson has served for 34 years as an educator with Daviess County Public Schools and is retiring at the conclusion of the 2011-12 school year.

Dawson began her career in education as a primary classroom teacher in 1978 at Highland Elementary School. She moved to Central Office as Title I Collaboration in 1994. While at Central Office, she was named Curriculum Coordinator and Preschool Coordinator. She was named to her current position as principal of Sorgho Elementary School in 1998.

Dawson attended Western Kentucky University, earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, master’s degree in elementary education, Rank I in administration, and her Principal and K-12 Supervision certifications. Her community involvement has included active membership at First Christian Church. She has been on the board of Audubon Area Community Services and the Junior League of Owensboro. She is currently a committee member of the Daviess County Education Foundation. 

Dawson has received numerous awards during the course of her career, including the Woman of Achievement Award presented by the Owensboro Business Professional Women in 2000. She is a member of many professional organizations, such as the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA). Beverly Dawson has been a trainer in various areas, such as Curriculum and Instruction Rounds. During her leadership as principal of Sorgho Elementary, the school has received numerous awards, including being named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2007. Sorgho was also named a State Distinguished Title I School and was designated as a Pacesetter School for many years in recognition of high test scores. Sorgho’s academic team also won regional championships in 2012 and 2011. 

She and her husband John Dawson have two daughters, Rachel (Steve) Schardein, and Leslie Dawson; and one granddaughter, Emily Schardein. 

“I am proud to have been an integral part of the Daviess County Public School system for so many years,” Dawson said. “The students, parents, and staff of the system and at Sorgho Elementary are exemplary.”