Dr. Juli Dixon

Jessica Dixon

Dr. Juli Dixon

Dr. Juli Dixon is Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Central Florida. Prior to joining the faculty at UCF in 2000, Dr. Dixon was an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a public school teacher teaching mathematics in urban school settings at the elementary, middle, secondary, and post-secondary levels. She received a Bachelor of Arts in both Mathematics and Education from SUNY Potsdam, a Master’s degree in Mathematics Education from Syracuse University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Mathematics Education from the University of Florida.

Jessica Dixon

Jessica began writing this book when she was eleven years old. She completed her last chapter just after she turned thirteen. She enjoys reading, writing poetry, sailing, kayaking, rock climbing, tennis, and playing the French horn. She has already achieved success in competitions with her Odyssey of the Mind team and for her National History Day project – making it to the state level with each. She is contemplating what she wants to be when she grows up, and she is seeing that her choices are wide open.

A Stroke of Luck

At a critical juncture during brain surgery, Alex Dixon, age 12 had a stroke . . . Alex was a normal, bright, and healthy little girl, when the sudden onset of a mysterious illness began to take over her life. Months of physical therapy and medication failed to provide relief from acute pain and muscle spasms. Doctors across the country were at a loss for answers. A last ditch attempt at treatment—brain surgery—ended up stopping the spasms but with unexpected consequences.

Buy the Book

“Juli and Jessica recount their family’s heartbreaking struggle and triumph, teaching us the healing power of optimism, love, and determination. Though humbled by their anguish, we’re inspired by their defining choices of hope over sorrow and action over complacency. Alex’s journey is a cherished lesson to every reader.”

—Eric A. Sheldon, M.D., Founder and Medical Director, Miami Research Associates