Judy Sue Dixson has enjoyed working with children from a young age, thereby solidifying her desire to teach children in an academic capacity. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Fresno State University in 1966, she went on to serve the Fresno Unified School District in California as a third through fifth grade teacher from 1966 until her retirement in 2002. During this time, she also excelled as a mentor teacher for the school district from 1985 to 1986 and a lead teacher for both the California Science Implementarion Network from 1993 to 1994 and the California Elementary Mathematics Initiative from 1994 to 1995. Despite her storied work history, however, Ms. Dixson is perhaps most revered for her role as an educator for the Manchester Gifted and Talented Education (Manchester GATE) Elementary School, serving the prominent institution from 1983 to 2002.
Notably, Ms. Dixson was one of the very first teacher’s aides in Fresno County, California, which allowed her the opportunity to teach throughout the county. Although her career has been filled with highlights, she is especially proud of seeing her former students succeed. To wit, one of her former students is a 60-year-old man who now attends her local church, the New Covenant Community Church in Fresno. She previously served the church as a deacon from 2013 to 2017, and is a current prayer team member and secretary.
Maintaining affiliation with the California Retired Teachers Association, Ms. Dixson continues to serve as a tutor and volunteer. She formerly served as a member of the San Joaquin Valley Mathematics Project in 1992 and was a master teacher for the National Teacher Training Institute from 1994 to 1995. To share her breadth of knowledge with the public, she has also written a plethora of educational materials throughout her career.
In her spare time, Ms. Dixson enjoys square dancing, line dancing, sewing, camping, and knitting and quilting. She has traveled to several national destinations in her retirement, including to Arizona, Florida, Texas and Oregon. Looking toward the future, she would like to continue engaging in her beloved hobbies, as well as continue serving her local church. She is married with two children and three grandchildren.