Posted: Wednesday, March 8, 2023. 9:14 am CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The Special Envoy for the development of families and children, Rossana Briceno features outstanding Belizean women making a difference in Belize every week.
Today’s highlight is on teacher parent, Patricia Angela Dixon Sebastian.
Teacher Patty was born in Belize City, but was raised by her grandmother Henrietta Enriquez also known as ‘Tita’ in Punta Gorda Town, where she attended St. Peter Clever Primary and Toledo Community College.
Her passion for education and human empowerment has gotten her involved in Brownie, Girl Guides and Scouts.
Teacher Patty has been transforming the lives of children in the formal and informal education arena.
She taught for 25 years at various schools including Aguacate, R.C. and San Miguel, R.C. (Toledo District), Belmopan Junior School (now United Evergreen Primary School), and Garden City Government Primary School (Belmopan, Cayo District).
She was Vice Principal at Garden City Primary for a year but returned to the classroom because she preferred the opportunity of positive impact she has on each child. She was also an adjunct lecturer at the University of Belize, taught at BNE Adult Education Program and does after school tutoring in her neighbourhood.
Teacher Patty holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Education from the University College of Belize and a Master in Special Education from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida.
Her strong desire for knowledge has enabled her to successfully participate in various programs and classes pertaining to Special Education, Teaching Strategies, Technology in Education, and leadership among others.
Her contribution has been felt most in Special Education.
“Dixon Sebastian has the heart of an angel when it comes to students with varied abilities. She knows where every one of them lives in the Belmopan Area Schools Zone and ensures that they are well taken care of health wise, socially, educationally, emotionally, and spiritually,” the Special Envoy noted.
Her title in her formal work is Special Education Officer at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology but what she does is not considered work for her, she calls it “a natural thing to do”.
She networks with various universities and organizations to provide therapy, food, health supplies, learning materials, equipment and other resources for her clients. Her passion for their well-being is equivalent to Mother Theresa of Calcutta.
Patricia Angela Dixon Sebastian was married to Errol Ellis Sebastian for 29 years (deceased) and is the mother of four dynamic children; Derricia Jael Castillo, Erolyn Leah Sebastian, Errol Ellis Sebastian Jr and Jaira Miah Sebastian.
Her 3 grandchildren are her pride and joy.
This great, caring, ambitious, determined, strong, giving, and productive woman lives a life of strong faith in God and is a testament of “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done” (Proverbs 19:17).
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