Dawn Templin attended Syracuse University and then a technical school, beginning her work career at Pepsi-Cola in Syracuse, New York, where she managed data processing for three Pepsi-Cola plants in Upstate New York. Templin later attended Kansas State University and then University of Texas and Arizona State, pursuing a degree in education. Most recently, Templin was a corporate trainer for Marriott and completed a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology. Templin has worked as teacher and Network Manager for the School Board of Polk County. She additionally is an Adjunct at Polk State College and is the CEO of The Eastern Gate, a ministry in Lakeland.