Jannean Dixon is a special education advocate and instructor with a passion for helping families navigate the school system to secure special education, related services, and/or 504-IAPs for children with exceptionalities.
Jannean, a native of the Greater Baton Rouge area, has dedicated her life to the field of education, particularly in the realm of serving students with special needs and exceptionalities. She embarked on her academic journey at Southeastern Louisiana University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Special Education (grades 1-12) and General Education (grades 1-8) in 2006. Following graduation, Jannean embarked on her teaching career in a middle school setting, focusing primarily on students with emotional disturbances.
During her years in the middle school classroom, Jannean's passion for education and her commitment to her students led her to pursue further academic achievements. In 2010, she obtained her Master's in Education from Louisiana State University, enhancing her expertise in the field. Her dedication to literacy and reading instruction also drove her to complete certification as a Certified Reading Specialist.
In 2011, Jannean transitioned to the elementary school setting, broadening her teaching experiences. However, her journey took a pivotal turn in 2015 when she founded Cornerstone Educational Consulting, LLC. With this endeavor, she transformed into an advocate for children with special needs, navigating and, at times, challenging the educational system to ensure that children with exceptionalities received the necessary opportunities and related services to access the curriculum effectively.
Her commitment to the field extended beyond the classroom when Jannean partnered with the Louisiana Resource Center for Educators from 2016 to 2022. In this role, she served as a Special Education Instructor, later Special Education Director, guiding future special education teachers in the intricacies of the profession and emphasizing the importance of advocating for their students.
The year 2022 marked a significant milestone as Jannean's company, Cornerstone Educational Consulting, joined forces with Heal Your Life Counseling to become CARE partners with Baton Rouge-based Redstick C.A.R.E.S., a Nonprofit 501(c)(3). This partnership significantly broadened Jannean's reach within the special education and mental health communities.
Jannean's passion for education extends beyond her professional endeavors. She is a prolific author with over fifty published articles covering various aspects of education, particularly special education, and raising children. She is a sought-after speaker who has presented at prestigious events such as the Louisiana Council for Exceptional Children Super Conference, the Louisiana Down's Syndrome Awareness Group Annual Conference, Junior League's Opening Doors for Autism event, and the CW Austin Learning Disabilities Conference. In a notable achievement, Jannean presented nationally at the Council for Exceptional Children's International Headquarters in Washington, D.C. She continues to provide ongoing parent training through her partnership with Redstick C.A.R.E.S.
On a personal note, Jannean is a devoted mother of two young children. Her own experiences as a parent have deepened her appreciation for the unyielding passion and determination that parents feel when it comes to protecting and providing for their children. It is her personal and professional goal to empower and assist other parents in supporting their children through the educational process. Jannean's unwavering commitment to the educational and emotional well-being of children has left an indelible mark on the special education and mental health communities, making her an inspirational figure to many.