Dawn Spence


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Dawn is a homeschooler, a department coordinator of her local co-op, and a group facilitator. She has been married to her husband, David, for 17 years and has three children, a son and twin daughters.


Before becoming a homeschooling mom Dawn worked as both a mainstream and special education teacher for 10 years. She taught 2nd, 3rd,and 4th grade for 7 years. Then, she was blessed to teach PPCD and children with Autism in an ABLE unit which stands for Academic and Behavior Learning Environment. This is a unique classroom provides a highly structured classroom for those on the Autism Spectrum and those with developmental delays . She has written IEP goals both as a special education teacher and for her homeschooled daughter.


Upon the birth of her twin daughters, Dawn decided to leave teaching and stay home full-time.  One of her daughter’s has sensory issues and has been diagnosed with multiple health and developmental delays.  Because of these challenges, Dawn has learned how to adapt her curriculum to provide her daughter a hands-on sensory approach that allows her to learn at her own pace.

Dawn served as a co-moderator of the THSC Special Needs Support Group for two years from July 2015-July 2017. She helped to lead the special needs support break out sessions at the 2016, 2017 & 2018 THSC Woodlands Conventions. And, Dawn was a speaker at the 2019 THSC Homeschool Convention in The Woodlands.


Through the work Dawn has done for both THSC’s Special Needs Department and now through SPED Homeschool, she has been able to share from her special education classroom as well as homeschool experience, helping parents learn how to modify existing curriculum to adapt it to their child’s specific needs. Her faith in God has lead her to this new journey and she gives Him all the glory. She feels He has equipped her to help her children and others. A blog published by THSC, and written by Dawn under the pen-name Marie Prince, is titled, Should You Home School Your Special Needs Child?


“I am learning that my kids don’t need a perfect mom. They need me to keep going and never give up on them.”


Sample Talk Recordings

Accommodating & Modifying Your Current Curriculum

ED Talk Special Needs (Dawn is 2nd speaker in recording)

Featured Videos

Accommodating and Modifying Your Current Curriculum- Finding ways to take your current curriculum and adapt it to meet your child’s specific needs

How to Make Your Learning Hands On- Going beyond worksheets to create a hands on approach to everyday skills

The Benefits of Writing An IEP for Your Child- Setting goals that can provide a roadmap to your child’s education

Making Learning Enjoyable and Meaningful-Using games and interactive activities to create a positive learning environment

What Can I Do To Help My Child Be Successful At Co-op?- Practical strategies to help your child to have a positive co-op experience 

Dawn’s Upcoming Speaking Schedule


There are no events currently on Dawn’s schedule