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Student Profile: Trisa Dixon, Doctor of Education in Leadership
Trisa Dixon is a life-long learner who puts her community first—she is also a doctoral student at City University of Seattle!
Dixon lives in her childhood home of Yelm, Washington, where she is part of a large extended family. She is raising her kids in the way she was raised; Dixon’s daughter helps her mom in their family restaurant, just as Dixon helped her grandmother in the restaurant when she was young. Passing on the work-ethic she learned in the restaurant is just one of the ways that Dixon is dedicated to learning and community.
Dixon started teaching in the local elementary school after getting her Master’s in Teaching degree from the University of Puget Sound in 1993. She loved teaching, feeling that she was truly giving back to the community that gave her so much growing up.
In 2005 Dixon enrolled at CityU for her principal certification. She chose CityU because her superintendent acknowledged that CityU has the best program in Washington State. Dixon felt her instructors were top notch and that her field supervisor mentored her so that she became a prepared and confident principal.
Now, a doctoral student at CityU, Dixon enrolled in the program when a group of colleagues decided to start the doctoral program together. She says, “We all recognized the value of obtaining a doctoral degree. As an educator, I have always continued my education and participated in workshops and professional development opportunities. I participated in the Educational Leadership program at CityU and received my principal certificate. The program was so highly regarded, that I was hired before I even finished the program. The instructors were amazing in the Educational Leadership program. When the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership program started at CityU, I knew that option was the correct path for me.”
Dixon recently announced her intention to return to the K-12 classroom this fall. She will be teaching at Brigadoon Elementary in the Federal Way Public Schools. Dixon is excited about the opportunity to teach young children again and to give to her community in another way.
Dixon makes time for recreation in her life of community involvement and learning. She loves spending time on her boat, riding quads or motorcycles, or finding a new roller coaster to try.
Dixon will continue with her studies in CityU’s doctoral program. She sees the strong commitment the educators have within the university, and appreciates her peers, especially the perspectives of the international students. Dixon says, “Many of the doctoral students are accomplished educators and professionals. Building relationships with my cohort members has provided a great networking opportunity. In addition, when my colleagues share their life experiences and understandings, this truly strengthens my learning” Dixon also wanted to “give a shout out” to the research faculty, as she feels she’s learned a lot from them and looks forward to applying the skills she’s learned in her dissertation. Dixon hopes that completing the program will help instill the importance of lifelong learning in her children, and that maybe someday she’ll be mentoring other students through the doctoral journey.
Congratulations to Trisa Dixon!