We are honored to highlight Ericka Dixie as our May Star of the Month. Throughout her 22 years in education, she has found joy supporting children’s learning through her work as a librarian at Alex Green Elementary, where she recently earned the 2020 – 2021 Teacher of the Year Award.

“I enjoy the library because I have so much freedom for diverse teaching. In the classrooms, things are more structured. I like that I am able to get creative and be an extension of the child’s learning by exploring different avenues, whether it is books or new technologies.”

Following in the footsteps of her parents and family members, she has always been rooted in teaching. “I come from a long line of educators, and I always knew I wanted to work with kids.” Dixie is the recipient of the Black Voices Micro Grant, Laura Bush Library Grant, and the Apple Create and Code Grant. She is a member of the TN Association of School Librarians (TASL) and Mayor Briley’s Priority Schools Kitchen Cabinet.

One of her favorite quotes is by Jigoro Kano – A Japanese educator, athlete, and the founder of the martial art Judo. “To ask may be but a moment’s shame, but to not ask and remain ignorant is a lifelong shame.” Why not bring MLB to Nashville? As a supporter of the locally operated brand, Baseball Rich Nashville, she feels it’s time to bring the Major Leagues to Music City. “It’s imperative to educate our community on the history of the Nashville Stars and the importance of celebrating the Negro Leagues.” We couldn’t agree more.

If you know of someone who is making a positive difference in our community, please let us know