School: Arlington Christian School
School District: Private
City, State: Fairburn, GA
Lakeshia Dixon was nominated by a family member, Melanie Fields.
A LifeChanger continues to learn and grow so that they can help others do the same. Ms. Dixon has always been a determined young lady, ready to take on a challenge and prove to others that she could accomplish all things.
Ms. Dixon is a wife, mother of three, principal, educator, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and also an author. One of her sons had a tumor on one of his legs, which had to be amputated. Together, they wrote an amazing book called Kaiden the Great and the Sinister Lunch Lady. Ms. Dixon and her son plan to write many more books and advocate for diversity in literature.
Ms. Dixon has laid a solid foundation at every school she's worked. While at Creekside High School as an Assistant Principal, she helped increase the graduation rate by 8.5% by effectively gathering and analyzing, to inform planning and critical decisions.
As a literacy coach at a middle school, Ms. Dixon facilitated and implemented a school-wide writing program, implemented an effective Content Collaboration Model, and coordinated and developed a plan for data driven instruction. As a Reading Specialist, she developed needs assessments for instructional staff’s professional learning needs, facilitated Professional Development for instructional staff, developed instructional strategies to assist teachers with struggling learners, facilitated weekly collaborative planning with general education and special education reading teachers, and served as Gifted Eligibility Chair.
Now as the proud principal of Arlington Christian School, she increased student achievement by 27.1% overall as measured by the NWEA MAP Assessment. She has also created and implemented the school’s first staff recognition program, developed a school-wide discipline plan, created a Performing Arts and Film Department, and planned, developed and implemented all professional development.
Some of her accomplishments include being part of the American Association of School Administrators, being part of the National Alliance of Black School Educators, and being a recipient of “Bleed Blue Award” for Going the Extra Distance for Children. Ms. Dixon is currently in school again working on her Doctorates degree.
"She continues to strive for excellence, even as a busy mother and loving wife. She is humble, kind, loving, and firm. She believes in treating others with respect and integrity as she has been taught, and she believes in giving back to help others," Fields said. "Lakeshia has made a difference in the lives of many students by building relationships and showing that she cares, which is why her success rate at every school has been great. Lakeshia's determination and drive allows others to see that they too can be great and acheive many things."