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Mrs. JaNay Dawson, Board President, District 4

Mrs. JaNay Dawson
District 4
JaNay Cobb Dawson, a native of Foley, is a veteran educator and community leader. JaNay graduated from Foley High School in 1967; In 1972 she received her Bachelor of Arts/BA from Livingston University (now the University of West Alabama). She earned her Master’s Degree at Troy University in 1982 and did post graduate and advanced studies in educational leadership at Alabama State University and Montevallo.

JaNay’s work with Baldwin County Public Schools include:

– Daphne Junior High (Aug. 1972 – May 1975) English teacher

– Foley High School (Aug. 1975 – Oct 1993) English teacher
– Foley High School (Nov. 1993 - June 1997) Assistant Principal
– Fairhope High School (July 1997- Dec. 2003) Principal
– Baldwin County Public Schools (Jan. 2004 - Dec 2009) Asst. Supt.
– Baldwin County Public Schools (Jan. 2010 – June 2010) Interim Supt.
– Retired: Baldwin County Public Schools July 2010

JaNay has been very involved in the community over the years including the South Baldwin Chamber Theater (1980 to 1997), acting and singing in plays, and her troop was invited to perform at the International Theater in Denmark in 1991 where they performed a musical history of America centering on Immigrants at the turn of the century. She is an active member of Foley United Methodist Church where she is a soloist and sings in the choir, teaches Sunday School, serves as Church Council Chair and teaches in the Christian Life Club, focusing on children ages 4 through 6th grade.

Her civic work includes the City of Foley. She is the chair of the Foley Historical Commission and is a member of the Mainstreet/Rejuvenation Committee for downtown Foley. She is the fundraising Chair of the Foley Centennial Committee.

JaNay writes and prepares skits and shows for the Foley Theater Company from Foley High School centering on historical events in the development of the city. She is a member of the Chamber Foundation Advisory Council, has served as the educational representative on the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce in the 1990’s and in 2007.  Her awards include: Principal of the Year for District VIII 2003 and finalist in Dillard’s Career Woman of the Year. She was presented the Truman Pierce Award by the Alabama Association of Elementary School Administrators District VIII and was selected as the 2016  Educator of the Year by Alabama Beta Upsilon.

JaNay has been married to Howard Dawson for 39 years. They have two daughters; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. In fact, they have four grandchildren in Foley Schools; one in Foley Elementary, two in Foley Intermediate and one in Foley High School.

She also enjoys reading, golfing, traveling and spending time with her family. 

Term: 2016-2022

Mrs. Dawson serves the following schools:  

  • Foley Elementary 
  • Florence Mathis Elementary
  • Foley Middle 
  • Foley High 
  • Magnolia School