Amanda Dixon, M.Ed.
Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations
Masters of Organizational Leadership
I earned my undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Miami. While there, I had the opportunity to take an independent research course where I explored my interest in anatomy and physiology of marine life. I was also selected to teach a study group of lower classmen in introductory biology. Both honored and intimidated by my new role as a teacher, I became aware of how important it is to reach students where they are. As a late adolescent and young adult my best teachers and professors were not those who I liked as much as those who were able to reach me intellectually and who helped me to understand concepts, the natural world, things I care about, and my own mind and how I learn.
Prior to helping begin the SSMV, I taught students in K-12 classrooms and home school settings and tutored students in math, science, and reading. Through the AmeriCorps program, I worked with students in under-performing schools in Asheville and rural North Carolina where I also earned that teaching is both a skill and a talent that can be developed with motivation and good mentoring and support.
Through my masters work I gained skill in higher education, student affairs, program development, and evaluation. I am fortunate to be able to explore and apply the breadth of my interests and skills to my work with the SSMV students and instructors.
- Eeds, AM, Vanags, CP, Creamer, JI, Loveless, ME, Dixon, AL, Sperling, H., McCombs, G, Robinson, D, Shepherd, VL. “The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt: An Innovative Research-Based Program for High School Students.” Cell Biology Education Life Sciences Education, 2014,(13):297-310.
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