Meet Dawn

My Biography

 Dawn Chanet Collins

As a proud grandmother of a future student of East Baton Rouge public schools and mother of two public school graduates, I am for student achievement, parental involvement, resource equity, educator pay increases, and community engagement.  Keeping families and community engaged is an integral part of improving our schools.

Education is a cornerstone of citizenship.  I am a two-time graduate of Southern University with a Bachelors of English Liberal Arts and Masters of Public Administration.  I am also a Certified School Board Member having completed 27.5 hours in 2016 and 57.5 hours in 2017 of continued learning units.


District 4 Schools

One of my first observations as your school board member was that our schools had not been getting the attention and resources they needed to be schools of choice for our families.  I have been fighting for us, and with your support, I will continue to fight.”  In the past year, our schools have made great progress and there is still a lot of work to do:

  • Villa Del Rey Elementary, Park Forest Elementary and Middle, and Belaire High are all now Creative Sciences & Arts Magnet schools with assistance from a $15 million grant.
  • Brookstown Middle has become the only middle school in the state with Aquaponics and Hydroponics programs.
  • La Belle Aire Elementary was chosen by Louisiana DOE to implement Dual Language immersion.
  • All flooded schools have been fully renovated and students have been back since 2017, with exception of Greenbrier which will return this Summer.
  • Major renovations are being completed this Summer at Belaire Magnet High School without waiting for funding from the recently renewed tax plan.
  • Urban Oaks Community Coalition, a support system of community stakeholders, has been established to develop strong partnerships for District 4 schools. Please join at DawnCollinsforSchoolBoard/UrbanOaks

Affiliations and Accomplishments

  • Baton Rouge NAACP
  • Baton Rouge Unit of Parliamentarians
  • Chair of the EBR Democratic Parish Executive Committee
  • Lee High School and Southern University Graduate
  • Remington College Instructor
  • Small Business Owner of Cogent Concepts and Project Management
  • Teacher of the Year Nominee
  • New Leaders Council Fellow, 2012