INDIAN TRAIL, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - With a smile that's contagious, Debra Dixon makes it her mission to keep kids excited about education.
"She's very energetic," said one of her students. "She gets the class involved, and I like how she connects teaching to her students."
Her passion shines through inside her 8th grade science classroom at Sun Valley Middle School. When FOX 46 Charlotte surprised her to let her know she was this week's teacher getting results, she was moved to tears.
"I'm speechless, which is rare," said Dixon. "It is an honor and a privilege, very humbling."
An educator for more than 30 years, it's always been teaching that she's taken the most away from.
"There are moments in life as a teacher-- when we have an ability to connect with people in a way that's unique," she said. "And sometimes-- it's literally to save someone's life. Public education in America is the way to reach all kids."
Debra Dixon was recently nominated for Sun Valley Middle School's 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year, and won.