Dixon Develops Love for Teaching at OFTC

When Debra Dixon lost her job of 24 years due to the relocation of her company overseas, she made a decision that would change the course of her life; she decided teaching was the career for her and returned to college. Today she is living proof of the power of education.

“I felt like this would be a great opportunity to go back to school so I chose Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) because I was looking for hands-on training,” Dixon shared.

That was three years ago and Dixon’s determination has allowed her to complete several levels of certification in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) and is currently pursuing an Associate’s Degree.

A Love for Teaching

After completing three ECCE classes, Dixon earned a Technical Certificate of Credit which allowed her to become certified to work in a preschool. She applied at Lolly’s Pre-Kindergarten & Learning Center in Eastman and has been working there as a teacher ever since.

“I don’t like my job; I love my job,” she said. “My calling is to empower the world through young minds.”

And that’s just what she does. Every day, Dixon interacts with the children at Lolly’s and desires to enrich their lives in some way. “Our day at Lolly’s consists of center, playing games, reading books, and getting each child prepared to start a new journey in Kindergarten,” she said.

More than an Education

Not only have her ECCE classes helped her get a job but Dixon feels the knowledge and skills she’s learning at OFTC is helping her become a better teacher. “My classes at OFTC are showing me how to deal with anything that could or would happen in my classroom,” she shared.

Dixon is reminded daily of the things she’s learning in class but the thing that has stood out the most has been hugging the children in her class every single day. “It might be the only hug they receive,” she said.

Her instructors have also made a lasting impact in Dixon’s life. “All my instructors are awesome, but Mrs. Clark was the one who truly touched my heart,” she shared. “She would never let me give up on anything; she’s been a rock in weary times and she’s truly been a blessing to me.”

“Without the Early Childhood Care and Education classes at OFTC, I don’t think I would be a good teacher today,” Dixon added. “I want to inspire the children I teach to become the best they can be, just like Mrs. Clark did for me.”

Dixon plans to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education once she completes her Associates Degree.

For more info about OFTC’s Early Childhood Care and Education program, visit OFTC.edu.

Debra Dixon talks with the children at Lolly's Pre-Kindergarten & Learning Center while teaching about a book they read during reading time.

Debra Dixon talks with the children at Lolly’s Pre-Kindergarten & Learning Center about a book they read during reading time.

Debra Dixon, ECCE student at OFTC and some of the children in her class at Lolly's Pre-Kindergarten & Learning Center pose for a photo after they finished reading a book during reading time.

Debra Dixon, ECCE student at OFTC and some of the children in her class at Lolly’s Pre-Kindergarten & Learning Center pose for a photo after they finished reading a book during reading time.