Dr. Dixie L. (Kepley) Arnold
Dr. Dixie L. (Kepley) Arnold, Raytown High School, Class of 1960
Dr. Dixie Lee Kepley Arnold graduated from Raytown High in 1960. She obtained an Associate of Arts Degree at Santa Ana College in 1962, a teaching credential and Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Long Beach, in 1965, and earned her Doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne, California in 2001.
From 1965 to 1995 she was an elementary school teacher in the Savanna School District in Anaheim, quickly becoming a mentor teacher helping other teachers make math fun, yet challenging and meaningful. She enjoys seeing the success of her students, even famous ones like Tiger Woods, whom she had in the first grade.
Dixie has long had a heart for the disadvantaged and for children who become overwhelmed or lost in the public school system. She acted on this passion by developing and leading the “Healthy Start” program in the Savanna School District. She also coordinated services for students who came to school not fluent in English. Through Dixie’s guidance her school was recognized as a California Distinguished School.
Dixie’s devoted services to education are evident as she chaired the district curriculum development committee, directed program quality reviews in Orange County Schools and coordinated the school improvement programs. In 1995 she became an administrator in the Huntington Beach City School District and since 2003 has been an adjunct professor and supervisor at Vanguard University of Southern California.
Vanguard University presented Dixie the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2007 and the Presidential Leadership Award in 2010. She received the Alumni Hall of Fame Achievement Award from Santa Ana College in 2004 and the Paul Harris Fellow for Outstanding Community Service in 1997. The Cyprus College Foundation named her Americana Woman of the Year in 2003.
Married for fifty years Dixie and husband Ed, retired TV – LA sportscaster, have one son, Dean, who is a fifth-grade teacher in Los Alamitos. They have two grandsons, Jake and Luke.