Phone: 512-393-6800


Degrees and Certifications:

BFA in Communication Design MFA in Communication Design Teaching consultant for the National Writing Project Certifications: English as Second Language (EC-12), Technology Applications (EC-12), English Language Arts (6-12), General (EC-5), Gifted & Talented (EC-12) and Art (EC-12)

Ms. Dawn Houser


I am a native San Martian and I have lived all over our beautiful country and moved back to San Marcos over thirteen years ago for grad school. With my MFA in Communication Design, I not only understand and relish literature, but I enjoy sharing literature's symbolism and critical thinking with my students.  I am a teaching consultant for the National Writing Project and daily writing is a priority for me in the classroom. Students will learn to trust the process and hopefully crave it, as well. Teaching English is highly rewarding and I truly love each of my students. My students are my kiddos for life.

Since I don't own a TV, my favorite things include hanging out with my three children, reading, organic gardening, and making things.

Favorite Books:

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

(The Goodreads app is a great way to discover new books and keep a booklist.)

Email is the easiest form of contact. If you need to meet, please email me so I can schedule you. Each morning, my classroom is open early for tutorials and student help.

My goal is to be the brightest spot of my students' day and help them be the best versions of themselves. Teaching writing and using authentic voice are superpowers that I awaken in my students. 

My syllabus is found here: Houser 2021-2022 English IV syllabus



Last Modified on December 3, 2021