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Faces of LPS - Meet Andrea Dixon-Seahorn

By David Boyce


As Andrea Dixon-Seahorn started her new job in Liberty Public Schools as Executive Director of Elementary Education on July 1, 2017, she continued with some of her duties with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Mrs. Seahorn’s role in her previous job was as the Special Consultant for Equitable Education. She led the State’s Equity Labs and spearheaded Missouri’s Grow Your Own initiative - “the idea of tapping into student talent and inspiring them to be future educators,” Dixon-Seahorn said.

Teaching and encouraging students to reach their full potential has been ingrained in Dixon-Seahorn since she was 16 years old, attending Bishop Hogan High School in Kansas City. She spent time during her teenage years as a reading tutor at the W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center, helping students develop their reading skills.

“It was there,” Dixon-Seahorn said, “I developed a passion for being a teacher. One thing I have learned in 23 years of being an educator, is that students are students. They have learning needs, as well as social and emotional needs. They need somebody who believes in them. That doesn’t change wherever you go. I am devoted to lifelong learning.”

Dixon-Seahorn is bringing that same passion to Liberty Public Schools while completing her duties with the state of Missouri and working towards a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at William Woods University, located in Fulton, MO.

As a newcomer to Liberty Public Schools, Dixon-Seahorn attended all Back-to-School and PIE Nights at the elementary schools.

“It is important to be visible and show principals that I am here to support them and the work they do. It is exhilarating to address the unique needs of principals and the students at the schools where they serve, as each building has different demographics and dynamics.”

Dixon-Seahorn’s background in public education is perfect for the 11 elementary schools in the growing Liberty community. After graduating from UMKC, she has spent time in school districts such as Hickman Mills C-1 in Kansas City, Richmond Public Schools in Richmond, Virginia, and Kansas City Public Schools. Her job duties have included teaching at the elementary level to serving as an assistant principal in elementary and middle schools. She concluded her service in Kansas City Public Schools as an elementary principal.

“I think that gives me solid ground to stand on, being the leader of this elementary school leadership team, that I have walked in their shoes as a principal, “Dixon-Seahorn said. “I have also been a middle school instructional coach, as well as a library media specialist at the elementary and middle levels.”

At LPS, Dixon-Seahorn oversees all aspects of elementary program endeavors. Primarily, that means supporting school leaders.

 

“Anything they need, I am their go-to,” Dixon-Seahorn said. “When I am in buildings, I am there as a direct support to principals, such as conducting classroom observations with them.”

Dixon-Seahorn is thrilled her journey in education has brought her to Liberty.

“Liberty is a great place to learn and grow, whether you are a student or a teacher,” she said. “This is a close-knit community. It is all about innovation and collaboration. I feel right at home in those two domains, in particular. I look forward to moving us further along in that direction, as elementary school leaders.”

Dixon-Seahorn also believes in starting early, stating, “Early childhood education is vital. I would say that it all starts at the Pre-K level and then, of course, spirals upward. We provide the building blocks in elementary, and by third grade, there are skills students acquire that are needed for the rest of their lives. It is one of the reasons why professionally, I came back to the elementary level after having been in middle schools for an equal amount of time. I think the work we do here provides a solid foundation for what students need as they move to middle and high school.”