Simon Hunt


UC Santa Barbara, Ph.D. Candidate, English Literature
UC Santa Barbara, M.A., English Literature
UC Santa Cruz, B.A., English Literature

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Simon joined the Dawson faculty in 2018, after teaching poetry and Shakespeare for several years as part of the Dawson College Bound summer program.  Since coming to Dawson, Simon has taught middle school humanities and critical literacies, as well as a class on debate and mock trial.  He particularly enjoys exposing middle school students to the joys and challenges of reading and performing Shakespeare.
Prior to coming to Las Vegas, Simon was an English teacher at various levels for more than two decades, predominantly in California and predominantly at the high school level.  In addition to his classroom teaching, he enjoys advising students and sponsoring their creative endeavors, especially working with aspiring writers.  An active writer himself, he has co-edited a volume of academic essays, Renaissance Culture and the Everyday (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999), which included an essay of his, and published numerous poems.  2018 saw the publication of his first collection of poems, Lesser Magi (Santa Cruz: Hummingbird Press, 2018), and in 2019 his first play, "Re-run," was performed.  Simon was born in what is now Zimbabwe and also lived in South Africa and the United Kingdom, as well as the USA, during his childhood.  He is the proud father of a college-age daughter and a high school-age son.

The Alexander Dawson School

The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain, an independent school located on 33-acres in the community of Summerlin, is Nevada’s first Stanford University Challenge Success partner school for students in early childhood through grade eight. Utilizing the unique Challenge Success framework, Dawson uses research-based strategies and programs that emphasize student academics, wellbeing, and a healthy school-life balance to create more engaged, motivated, and resilient learners and leaders. At Dawson, students achieve their individual potential while savoring life and meeting the challenges of the world.