“My personal belief is that I need to be creative in how I engage and teach my students,” Dixon said. “I believe that if teachers get to know their students and develop a strong rapport, they will find ways to connect just about any part of the curriculum to their lives.”

callison_TOY_2017_pageCourtney Dixon always knew she wanted to be a teacher. More specifically, she wanted to be a teacher who provides students with encouragement and support, along with a nurturing learning environment.

Dixon was recently selected as the 2017 Teacher of the Year for Callison Elementary School. She has been an educator for six years with all of them being at Callison where she currently teaches third grade.

Dixon believes that her approach to teaching is shaped by her students. To make sure that her teaching style fits her students’ needs, she gets to know them and builds a rapport with them. Once she understands how they learn, she will adjust her lessons to connect and engage them.

“My personal belief is that I need to be creative in how I engage and teach my students,” Dixon said. “I believe that if teachers get to know their students and develop a strong rapport, they will find ways to connect just about any part of the curriculum to their lives.”

Not only developing their ability to succeed academically, Dixon works to create a learning experience that builds each student as well-rounded citizens. As an educator, it’s one of the most important things she can do in a classroom, she said.

“Most importantly, I believe that the most fulfilling part of my job as a teacher is helping foster responsible citizens in our community,” Dixon said. “My students know that academic progress is important, but comes at different paces for all students.”

Regardless of what the lessons of the day look like, Dixon knows she will also place her efforts on making each day a positive learning experience for each child. By developing positive experiences, she hopes that it will lead to a desire to pursue higher education and develop career and life goals.

The beam of positivity that comes from her each day is something that her campus has come to expect when they see Dixon walking through the hall, Callison Principal Dr. Arnoldo Barrera said.

“Courtney Dixon’s positivity spreads beyond her classroom and into the halls of Callison,” Dr. Barrera said. “What makes her such a great educator is her ability to connect with her students and create lessons that resonate with them. She is a treasured member of our campus family and we are honored to have her represent our campus as Teacher of the Year.”