Dawn Robinette is the founder and director of Camino De Santiago Nature School, which she founded in January 2013. It serves as an alternative and unique educational resource for children 5 to 12 years old that provides them with academic experiences while immersed in nature. Outdoor classroom settings are in Orange County and the Nevada City area, where her family recently purchased land.
As a young adult, Dawn pursued a career in architecture and interior design. She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a bachelor's of architecture in 1993, where the school’s philosophy of "learning by doing" resonated with her. After establishing a design firm and retail store with her husband, she returned to her studies at the University of Washington in 2005 to pursue a teaching career.
Dawn’s master’s thesis was based on design-build and she spent nine months, as a teacher’s assistant, working on a design-build project in which her class built a multigenerational home for the indigenous community of Yakima, Washington. Dawn also taught young adults at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Art Institute of Orange County.