Extended Family for Kids Program Leader
Dixie has been teaching, mentoring, and counseling children for more than thirty years. Dixie graduated from Michigan State University in 1991 with a Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics Education and from Central Michigan University in 2000 with a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling. After graduating, she taught and counseled students in Michigan, South Dakota, North Carolina, and South Korea, both in schools and through church and community programs.
Dixie retired from working in public schools in 2022 and settled in Cherokee County. Not long after moving here, Dixie was introduced to Laure Clemons at a luncheon, who told her about Extended Family, and Dixie immediately knew this program would be the perfect avenue for her to continue working with children, sharing from her heart with children in need of support. Dixie began to work with Extended Family as a volunteer until she joined our staff as an EFK and ELA Program Leader. While the children she meets will all be new faces, the lessons she will teach and the opportunity to care for our community’s youth and families will be the same. Dixie said of her new role with Extended Family, “I consider helping with EFK programs a blessing to myself as much as to the children I will serve.” Dixie brings 30 years of experience in working with and caring about children and will be leading EKF and ELA groups in Cherokee County.