Rocket Scientist Joins Chamblee Teaching Staff

Ellie Furr, Staff writer

A career in aerospace engineering seems like a pretty exciting job. But for new staff member Belinda Dickinson, teaching business proves more rewarding.

Before she became a teacher, Dickinson worked with a subsidiary of the NASA aerospace industry doing program management work.  She also has an ongoing career in real estate entrepreneurship, and her goal is to build a subdivision.  

Although her years with NASA were fulfilling, Dickinson found her true passion in teaching. For the past 20 years she has been at a number of schools in Alabama and Georgia teaching various business education classes.

“My favorite job so far has been teaching,” said Dickinson. “I love teaching.”

When Dr. Sauce invited her to join the staff at Chamblee, she gladly accepted. She now teaches Introduction to Business Technology and Introduction to Drafting and Design for all grades.

Besides being a teacher, Dickinson has many other interests, including swimming, volunteering with Outreach Ministries, playing the piano, and doing research. She is a mother of five children, all of whom have already graduated college. Her children have been helpful to her in her teaching career.

“[My kids have] given me advice on what to expect from students based on their past experiences,” said Dickinson.  

Another one of Dickinson’s interests is Future Business Leaders of America. She has had lots of experience with the club at other schools and is excited to get involved in it at Chamblee.  This year she plans on being an FBLA advisor and hopes to increase the membership of the club.

This year at Chamblee, Dickinson wants her students to excel and to stay focused. One of her favorite quotes is by Maya Angelou: “All great achievements take time.” She believes that all students should keep this in mind this school year. She also wants her students to be ready to face the real world in all aspects.

“My goal is to prepare students to be productive citizens,” said Dickinson.