Dawn Simonsen, Assistant Principal


This year I will enter my 14th year as a member of the West Ashley High School faculty and 3rd as an Assistant Principal.  It is a sincere pleasure to work in an environment where teachers and staff are committed to building positive relationships and assisting students with academic and social growth.  I look forward to another year of supporting the efforts of our students and families to reach their educational goals. 

I am originally from Warren, Pennsylvania and completed a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education.  Not being a fan of colder weather, my goal after graduation was to move south and so I began my career teaching all levels of Spanish in Lake City, South Carolina.  In 2000, I made Charleston my home and have since earned a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the Citadel.

During my spare time I enjoy spending time with family, traveling, and working with my jewelry design business.

Contact Information

 (843) 573-1201 ext. 2403
 Office Hours:
 7:00am - until 3:00pm 


Exceptional Children Administrator / 11th Grade Administrator
-  ​Grades 9-12
- New student enrollment
-  Adult Education transitions

Adult Education
- HSAP Testing Supervisor