Dawn Tisdale, School Counselor
I have been in education for 30 years. I began my career as a kindergarten teacher at North Forrest Elementary School. During my 4 years there, I completed my Master's degree in School Counseling at the University of Southern Mississippi.
I worked for three years as the high school counselor at Collins High School in Collins, MS, before coming to Petal. I was initially hired as the freshman/sophomore counselor as well as the vocational counselor. I have worked as special populations coordinator as well. For the past 19 years I have worked as the junior/senior counselor as well as the School Test Coordinator. I am now in charge of all students whose last name begins with the letters H through O. I have also completed my administration certification. I am a certified National Crisis Responder and Trainer for the National Organization for Victim's Assistance (NOVA). I was honored to serve as a crisis responder to New York City following the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001.
I am married to Kirk Tisdale. I have 2 children - Brianna, a graduate of Petal High School and Mississippi State University, and Trey, a junior at William Carey University. Brianna is married to Dustin Langley, a Petal High School and Mississippi State graduate. They have a son, Marshall Kirkland Langley. We live in the country on a farm. I enjoy going to football and baseball games. I am a member of Petal Harvey Baptist Church where I work with the college department and sing in the praise team and the choir.