Neal Dawes is a native of upstate New York who has resided in the state of North Carolina since 2000. He received a B.S. Secondary Ed/Social Studies degree from Nyack College and later received his M.S.Ed. degree in the same field from the State University of New York at Potsdam. Prior to arriving at MCA in 2015, he taught for five years at a private school in Rocky Mount, NC and 10 years at Paisley IB Magnet School in Winston-Salem, NC. Neal enjoys acting and has assisted in directing MCA’s high school dramatic productions. He also is a fervent, and at times frustrated, supporter of the Syracuse Orange basketball team. Neal resides with his wife Anne, son Michael, and daughter Darshina in Winston-Salem, NC.