Meet the Directors


NAME:Zelphine Smith-Dixon
TITLE:State Director
2018 IDEA CHILD COUNT (3-21):219,111



Zelphine Smith-Dixon


Dr. Zelphine Smith-Dixon lives in Conyers, Georgia, with her husband, Marki Dixon, and children (Myles, Megan, and Mason).  She has completed various educational studies to include: K-12 education in Orangeburg Consolidated School District #3; Bachelor Degree in Special Education from Columbia College (Columbia, SC); Master of Education Degree in Elementary Education from South Carolina State University (Orangeburg, SC); Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, FL) and Master of Arts in Christian Studies from Luther Rice College and Seminary (Lithonia, Georgia).

She has a longstanding history of improving achievement for schools in SC and GA.  She received the following accolades: Tri-County Special Educator of the Year, Vance-Providence Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Orangeburg Consolidated School District Three Alternate District Teacher of the Year.  In April 2018, Columbia College presented her with the Wil Lou Gray Outstanding Educator Award. Later, she served as the Columbia College Commencement Speaker in May 2019.

Dr. Smith-Dixon is the State Director for the Division for Special Education at the Georgia Department of Education.  She serves in ministry at the dReam Center Church of Atlanta in Decatur, Georgia, is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc,  and believes in its commitment to public service.