My name is Alex Dixon. I am 21 years old and from Indialantic Beach, FL. I am currently a junior at UCF majoring in Early Childhood Development, and my goal is to become a Child Life Specialist. I enjoy art, school, and shopping. I have a dog named Panda and he enjoys playing at the beach. For the past five years I volunteered at preschools, an assistive living facility, a children’s hospital, the Optimist club, and Camp Boggy Creek. Through each experience, I learned how to work better with all different individuals with a variety of unique needs. I am also a motivational speaker, speaking around the country to educators to help them understand and support students with disabilities and special needs based on my own personal experience. I had a stroke at the age of 12 and lost my academics. I am half blind, and half paralyzed. I understand how it feels to struggle with reading and writing and with doing math. I learned that even though it seems tough, there is always an alternative way to learn and understand. I learned through hands on, visual, and auditory techniques. I plan to use these experiences to help others with similar struggles.
I am honored to work as an Assistant Teacher and the Traumatic Brain Injury Educational Liaison at PedsAcademy. I want to give back and help students learn. Because of my unique needs and experiences, I feel that I can help others to see that we should never give up on children and their ability to learn and that there are alternative technologies for students to learn such as virtual reality and robotics for math and science that make learning accessible and fun. Thank you PedsAcademy for giving me a chance to teach and learn more about how to teach these amazing students.