Dawn Reitan-Brockman is the Director of Alumni Relations and University Development at Science & Arts. Throughout her long career in education, Dawn Brockman has kept passion, authenticity, overcoming challenges and finding meaning in her work before her as the values that drive her life.
Graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s degree in Classics, Brockman began her career in education teaching Latin at Putnam City North High School in Oklahoma City. She later decided to continue her education, completing a Juris Doctorate from OU, and then taking a position as an attorney for the Oklahoma State School Boards Association.
Brockman, however, found that she missed the classroom and returned to teaching first at Moore then Norman High School and served as a Student Council Advisor. In this position, she helped to create, plan and implement the events and activities that form most of a high school’s culture: assemblies, dances, elections, homecoming, blood drives, charitable giving, tournaments, school wide mental health and other social emotional learning spotlights, in addition to selling merchandise and running the official Instagram and Twitter pages.
In Leadership classes as well as Student Congress and Tigerpalooza Committee, she taught students consensus-based decision making and how to incorporate themes throughout any activity they planned. Her classes focused on the qualities of master leaders such as vision, integrity, innovativeness, communication, goal-setting and service-mindedness.
During her tenure at Norman High, Brockman organized the Oklahoma Association of Student Council’s state convention which had over 2000 attendees, as well as a district convention for around 500. Since 2017, she has served as the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Association of Student Councils, managing the budget, updating policies, publishing a monthly newsletter for student council advisors and helping the organization attain non-profit status last year.