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Meet the team: Sales Rep Dee Dawson

As part of a new series, we sit down with Dee Dawson, one of our talented sales representatives for Multimedia Publishing.

Though you may be familiar with the writers and editors of School News NZ and Aus, you may be less familiar with some of the people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to produce the magazine each term. 

This week, meet Dee Dawson. Apart from being our talented Sales Representative, liaising with clients and managing and organising content in our quarterly magazine, Dee is our unofficial timekeeper. Under Dee’s watchful eye, the work compiled by our editorial team is returned and finalised in a timely manner, keeping the magazine running smoothly each term.

Read the Term 3 edition of School News HERE

Straight-shooting, dedicated, disciplined, and always on hand with a friendly reminder and a smile, Dee is truly a cornerstone of the School News team!

Dee has been with Multimedia Publishing for the last eight years. She brings to the role her own eye for business, being the director of her own company before coming to work for Multimedia Publishing. Of her eight years here, Dee has been the Media Sales representative for School News New Zealand for six of those.  

Dee’s favourite part of working at School News is that it gives her an opportunity to hear about schools achieving great things. “I like seeing educators share their ideas for things that have worked in their school, or things they feel they could improve with the right tools and funding”.

Passionate about her job and sharing information with the education sector, Dee loves to “showcase products, resources and services that can benefit educators or the school community”.

Sales representative Dee Dawson. Photo: supplied.

Dee is also a dedicated mum, with a 20 year-old daughter currently studying psychology at University. She also has an 18-year-old son, who is now in his second year of a carpentry apprenticeship. 

“I have two very different children,” says Dee, “one that loved to study and one that did not.” Given the difference between her two children, Dee says that she “saw first-hand how teachers can make such a difference, especially to the hesitant learners.”

Some of her favourite aspects of being a mum included volunteering in the classroom and managing the kids’ sports teams while they were at school. 

A bit of an active relaxer herself, Dee heads to the gym or the beach in her spare time. She also plays pickleball and likes to keep social. 

Finally, when asked what policy, philosophy or programme Dee would introduce into all schools given the choice, she says it would be for students to practice gratitude. She’s fond of the idea of a gratitude jar, where students write down something they’ve achieved each day and put it aside. At the end of the term, each child would reflect on what they’d achieved. 

“It encourages confidence and gratitude,” says Dee. She’s a firm believer that both of these traits can and should be taught to children. 

For advertising or sales-related queries for School News NZ, you can get in touch with Dee at [email protected]

Naomii Seah

Naomii Seah is a writer and journalist from Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. She enjoys crochet, painting, and a coffee or two at the beach. Her work can be found at The Spinoff, The Pantograph Punch, Stuff, and of course, School News NZ.
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