Dawn Mulder holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Cedarville University in Ohio and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida. In addition to her elementary classroom teaching experiences, she was a technology trainer at both the school and district levels prior to her years as a school administrator in Polk County.
Principal’s Message: Welcome to Dixieland! We are a school with a rich heritage and an exciting future. We are most proud of our historic neighborhood school that provides a safe and supportive learning environment where the teachers love to teach and the students love to learn. Our teachers and support staff are deeply committed to providing a high quality education for ALL students, knowing that we are preparing them for future success in college or a career after graduation. We are dedicated to promoting an engaging and positive environment conducive to learning for all students, with the support of parents and the community. Research shows that students with parents who are involved in their child’s education have higher achievement. There are many exciting things happening at Dixieland every day for students and a variety of ways that you can be involved. Read with your child every night, volunteer at school or ask how you can be involved from home, and come to school events. You play a key role in your student’s success. As the saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.” I strongly believe that together we will make this a successful year of learning for your child.
Mrs. Taylor-Brown has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree from the University of Nova Southeastern in Educational Leadership. She is a Polk county native. She has 11 years of teaching experience in Polk County Schools. In her 11 years in education, she taught primary and intermediate grades at the elementary level in addition to being a reading resource teacher/reading coach. Mrs. Taylor-Brown’s educational belief is that every child can learn. She supports the district’s mission to provide a high quality education to all students.