Phone: Classroom: 360-538-6646 Office (360) 538-2120
Degrees and Certifications:
Aberdeen High School graduate Grays Harbor College - AAS Secretarial Science Boca Raton Trade School - Paralegal/Legal Assistant Certification Ashford University - BS with Emphasis in Education Grand Canyon University - Masters in Special Education Current National Board Certification Candidate
Hello, my name is Dawn Fillo and my passion is working with students! I was born and raised in Aberdeen, Washington. I met my husband to be shortly after my high school graduation and we were married three years later. We have now been married for 29 years. We have a total of six children (both biological and adopted) ranging in age from 10 to 27 and two beautiful grandsons. We love camping as a family and spending time at our summer place with lazy sunshiny days on the river! My husband and I also enjoy traveling whenever we can.
I attended Grays Harbor College and completed my AA right out of high school. I then went to work as a paralegal/legal assistant and worked in a law office for almost 10 years. I then decided to become a stay at home mom and we eventually started a new adventure in foster care. We provided a home for 52 children over the course of almost 10 years. We never intended to adopt, but we fell in love with helping children in need and have a lot of love, patience and compassion to give. We ended up adopting three children and have a permanent legal guardianship of a fourth. Many of the children we have loved and adopted over the years have had special needs ranging from attachment disorders to Asperger’s to Fetal Alcohol Effects. This experience with exceptional needs children brought me to my current passion as a Special Education teacher. I returned to college and completed my Bachelor’s degree and my Master’s degree and became a certified Special Education teacher. I believe that my experiences working with children and their families in the foster care system led me to my true passion in life … helping struggling children reach their fullest potential. As Rita Pierson says, “Every child deserves a champion!” If you haven’t seen her TED Talk yet, it is well worth the 7 minutes. https://www.ted.com/talks/rita_pierson_every_kid_needs_a_champion?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare
I worked in Special Education as a para educator in the Hoquiam School District from 2009 to 2013 before becoming a teacher and starting with the Aberdeen School District in 2013. I have a combined total of 11 years in Special Education. I spent four wonderful years as the SpEd teacher at Robert Gray Elementary and was transferred to McDermoth Elementary in 2017. I am blessed to work with an incredible and supportive staff at McDermoth who has what is best for children front and center in their hearts. I am truly honored and grateful to be spending my fourth year at McDermoth this 2020-2021 school year ... even if it is strangely abnormal and virtual learning.
As challenging as the world of Special Ed is, I have to say that I can’t imagine doing anything else. I love to learn, I love to teach, I love the challenges and I love the relationships! I believe that every student, regardless of their challenges, can and will learn. I also believe that it takes a village to raise a child and it is essential that home and school work together in the best interest of the child. I am blessed to have the opportunity to be your child’s champion. I am blessed to have each of these students in my life and I am blessed to have the opportunity to support families in their journey to prepare their children to be functional, contributing adults in society.
My door is always open and I encourage open communication. Please feel free to reach out with any and all questions, concerns or feedback you might have. Together, we will make your child’s future bright!