A third grade teacher at Pella’s Lincoln Elementary School is the April winner of the Ulrich Ford, Lincoln, Mercury Radio Teacher of the Month award. Cindy Dixson was nominated, in part, for her passion and enthusiasm for teaching and the support for her students in and out of the classroom. As a reward for her hard work, Mrs. Dixson will receive the use of a vehicle for the month of April and a check to her school for $250, courtesy of Ulrich Ford, Lincoln, Mercury in Pella.

Below are some of the explanations left by those who nominated Mrs. Dixson for the honor.

“Cindy has done ac excellent job getting children excited about learning. The work she has done helping my daughter improve her math skills is top notch. She does a wonderful job keeping parents involved in their child’s learning and also keeping us informed of things. She is definitely deserving of this recognition!”

“I have a daughter currently in her class and have had two others in her class in previous years. All did well, loved Mrs. Dixon, were excited to go to school, and were well-prepared for fourth grade. She’s a great teacher who really cares that her students learn, and learn to love learning.”

“Cindy is an inspiration to her students. She keeps the subjects fun and interesting for the students and treats each of her students as individuals with individual needs. My daughter says Mrs. Dixson is her favorite teacher ever!”

“It is a very rare teacher indeed that can TEACH with a sense of humor and KEEP her sense of humor. My child loves learning with Mrs. Dixson and learns with less grumbling and effort. Thank you Mrs. Dixson!”

“Cindy has been great about communicating with parents on how we can help our children succeed. She also has helped my son immensely with classroom behavior issues as well. She is a fantastic teacher!!!”

“I’m writing on behalf of my third grade daughter, who has Mrs. Cindy Dixson as a teacher this year… Mrs. Dixson has not only made third grade educational and interesting, but fun as well. She is creative in the classroom and makes learning a great experience!

Mrs. Dixson supports the kids in the classroom and she encourages their participation in activities outside of the classroom. Though she is also a busy mother and wife, she took the time to come to the Community Center this past winter to watch third grade girls’ basketball on a Saturday morning. In addition to the standard school trips, she made arrangements for the class to attend a Central College wrestling meet – a first for my daughter and many others. This event was to support one of their student teachers who was on the team.

Cindy also takes the time to communicate with parents. She keeps us abreast of what’s happening in their room through regular e-mails. She welcomes parent input and is readily available for any questions or concerns a parent has. The third grade students at Lincoln Elementary are not only fortunate, but blessed to have such a positive role model in their lives. We think Mrs. Dixson is well-deserving of the award!”

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