Vera Dawson


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For the past decade Vera has written the bi-monthly high altitude baking column published in the Summit Daily News and the Vail Daily News and served as a chef instructor at the Culinary Institute of the Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge. In 2014 she published Cookies in the Clouds, a book of high altitude cookie recipes that was a Colorado Author’s League finalist for non-fiction writing. Baking Above It All, her second high-altitude baking book, was published in 2016.

When she isn’t baking Vera can be found teaching Nordic skiing, hiking in both Colorado and Europe, and enjoying an active life with her husband and friends in Summit County.

Previously, Vera had a successful career as a public school administrator in both Jefferson County and Colorado Springs, Colorado, served as the Director of Educational Services at Colorado Association of School Boards, and consulted nationally with public school districts.

She was a doctoral fellow at the University of Southern California, a master’s fellow at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and received an undergraduate degree from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.

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