Dawn Bentley

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Dawn Bentley is Director of Youth & Transition Services at The Ability Center in Toledo, Ohio. Dawn’s story with The Ability Center began in the 80s, as a peer camper at Camp Cricket. In 2000, Dawn was hired as a camp counselor at Camp Cricket, alongside her brother. After a few years with the camp, she became the Camp Director. After graduating from Miami of Ohio with a Bachelor’s in Education, she was hired as a special education teacher in the public schools. She taught for both Toledo Public and Washington Local school districts before becoming the Youth and Transition Services Director at The Ability Center in 2008. At this time, Dawn also received her Master’s degree while also coaching basketball and teaching dance. In 2010, she was offered an opportunity to work for the Monroe County Intermediate School District (MCISD) to serve as the Principal and Special Education Supervisor for their Educational and Transition Centers. After some time away from the area, Dawn and her family returned to Toledo in 2014 where she returned to The Ability Center.

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