Arlinda Dickson

Title: Retired Teacher
Company: Santa Barbara Unified School District
Location: Beaverton, Oregon, United States

Arlinda Dickson, Retired Teacher at Santa Barbara Unified School District, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education.

Ms. Dickson was a teacher for the Santa Barbara Elementary School District from 1992 to 1997. She is a registered health information technician with Multnomah County Health Centers in Portland, Oregon. Previously, she was a teacher in a master’s program in mathematics and an instructor at University of California, Santa Barbara. She has been as English language learners teacher, a bookkeeper and a programmer. She also worked for the United States Customs and Border Protection and worked on the U.S.-Mexico border in San Ysidro, California.

A licensed teacher with the state of California, Ms. Dickson also has a bilingual and multicultural certification and she is a registered health information technician. She earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in health information and management, completed coursework in computer sciences and learned several computer languages. She also took courses in bookkeeping, mathematics and accounting. In 1979, she secured her bachelor’s degree in linguistics and Spanish from San Diego State University in California, graduating with high honors and distinction.

As an active member of her community, Ms. Dickson volunteers her English teaching skills to local organizations and groups in need. She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Delta Pi honor societies. She attributes her career success to her perseverance and courage. She continued to pursue her career goals despite the obstacles life put in her way. Her grandmother was a big influence for her as a woman who led by example, going to work as a welder during World War II to put together airplanes. 

Ms. Dickson served the country as a direct commissioned intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. In the next several years, she hopes to work more with her community and get involved in projects that help children and young people.   

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