Huntington, WV Black History

Marsha Dawson

Director of Children's Place

Marsha Dawson grew up in Charleston and knew from an early age that she wanted to work with children.

She began volunteering at the Kennedy Center in Charleston and then came to Marshall University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education. Her first position was working as the kindergarten teacher in the First Baptist Church Day Care.

From there, Dawson went to work at Children’s Place as the 4-year-old teacher and the curriculum coordinator. When the director left, she applied for and was hired as the new director of Children’s Place, a position she held for 10 years.

She paused her career to care for an ill gamily member. When she went back to work, it was at the Child Care Academy at Cabell Midland, a position she held for four years before becoming the 4th grade teacher at Central City Elementary School. She held this position until her retirement. She continues to consult on childcare issues and is a tireless advocate for children.

Dawson serves on the board of the Huntington Area League of Women Voters; serves as vice chair of the board of directors of River Valley Child Development Services; and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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