By Hank Bond
The Greenup Beacon
Mickey M. Dixon says without question he loves his job as principal of Raceland High School. He is in his third year as the chief administrator at the high school after replacing now Superintendent Larry Coldiron.
She was assistant principal when she took the top job.
He was born in 1968 in Mullens, W. Va. to Lacy and Loretta Dixon of New Richmond, W. Va.
He is married to Mischa Lynne Dixon who is from Wyoming, W. Va. She is the Special Ed. Director at Raceland. They have been married 23 years.
The couple has two children: Maverick Dixon (Senior at Raceland) and Jake Dixon (Freshman at Raceland).
He attended high school in Pineville W. Va., and graduated from Pineville High School in 1987.
He earned an Associate’s Degree from Southern West Virginia Community College in 1989; a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education from Concord College 1991; a Masters Degree in Education from Morehead State University 1999; and a Rank I Certification in Education Administration from Morehead State University 2004.
Dixon made up his mind this was the professional path he was going to pursue before leaving high school.
“It all started my senior year of high school when, like a lot of kids, I was trying to figure out what I wanted to be in life.
“The major industry in the mountains of southern WV was coal mining. My Dad was a vocational school teacher, while the other men in my family were all connected in one way or the other to the coal business.
“My Grandfather was a salesman for a mining equipment manufacturer. I had a brother and a brother-in-law that were coal miners, and another brother that was a welder.
“I entertained the thoughts of coal mining for a short time because of the money it paid but had no desire to work underground knowing the dangers of underground coal mining.
“I was dating Mischa at that time and my parents, along with Mischa’s parents kept encouraging me to go to college. Once a couple of job opportunities fell through, I guess as they say, the rest is history.
“I made the decision to go to college and I knew I wanted to be a teacher,” Dixon explained.
The reason Dixon chose the pursuit of an education career is clear to him.
“I chose the teaching profession because there were teachers and coaches that impacted my life when I was in school.
“I also liked the thought of working nine months a year and being off three months a year to do things I enjoyed doing things in the outdoors.
“I graduated in 1991 from Concord College. There were basically no teaching positions at that time in Wyoming County because of consolidations so I knew that I would eventually have to leave the area in order to get a job.
“My wife’s sister graduated from Marshall University and was a speech pathologist at Russell. She encouraged me to apply in the Ashland area and that’s how I was able to obtain my first teaching job at Fairview.
“I taught middle school science and coached football and track at Fairview for five years.
“In 1996 Raceland had a job opening for a head teacher at the Ashland Day Treatment Center. I applied and was fortunate enough to get that job.
“I worked as the school administrator there for nine years. I also coached track and football for a number of years at Raceland.
“In 2005 I made the transition from there to the high school as the assistant principal. I served as assistant principal for seven years and then was hired as the principal when Mr. (Larry) Coldiron (Superintendent) moved to central office.
“Quite frankly I am very blessed, and I thank God for guiding me to this profession. I can’t think of any more of a rewarding job, than to get paid to do something you love and to have the opportunity to be a positive impact on a child’s life.
“Now sometimes that requires tough love and a lot of patience, but it is awesome when a student that has graduated comes back to let you know that something you had done or said impacted his or her life.”
There have been many great influences in Dixon’s life.
“I have so many people that have influenced my life over the years. My parents were a great influence on raising me to just simply try to do what is right.
“My wife of many years, Mischa, who is my best friend and sounding board when I face adversity in my job and always makes me laugh has always been a big support.
“All the teachers, coaches, administrators, staff members and students I have been fortunate enough to work with over the years in one way or the other has influenced my life.
“People ask what is your goal or vision in life, and for me it’s been simply to have a family that I am proud of and hopefully for them to be proud of me, and to have the opportunity each day to make a difference in peoples’ lives.
“I can honestly say that God has blessed me to reach those goals.”
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