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Aliveya Nixon: Student Employee of the Month (May 2023)

Aliveya wearing overalls, a red FSDB shirt, and red Mario hat, standing in front of a tree.

The FSDB Career Development Department selects a Student Employee of the Month each month. Students in the after-school campus work program will be chosen based on their excellent work ethic in their respective paid positions on campus after school.

For May, we are recognizing Aliveya Nixon, a junior in the Deaf Department who works as an D&B Designs Associate. Here is what her supervisor, Liliana Betancourt, had to say about Aliveya:

This is the second year Aliveya Nixon is working at D&B Designs as an Associate and it has been a delight to see her growing in the production and manufacture skills areas. She has continued flourish in all aspects of the job, participating actively in the D&B Designs workshops presented to elementary students from both Deaf and Blind Departments. Aliveya continually demonstrates great attitude, great productivity, and great enthusiasm. I am delighted to have her as part of the D&B Designs team! Well done Aliveya!


Employee Spotlight Interview with Aliveya

Why did you want to work for D&B Designs?

I wanted to work there to design merchandise that people might want to buy. I wanted to learn to talk with other people and not let my anxiety take over.

How do you balance your career and education?

I balance it by doing my job and then when I finish work, I go straight to my dorm to do my homework or chores that need to get done.

What advice do you have for students who want to work on campus?

Always try to communicate with others and help others if needed.

What do you find most challenging about your job?

Trying to do things the right way without asking the supervisor if it is right or not.

What do you like most about your job?

I like meeting new customers and helping them when they need it, and making new cups, shirts, mugs, and lanyards to put in the store.

What are your plans after FSDB?

My plan is to go to college and get my Early Education degree. I want to teach children.

If you can choose one food to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Anything with shrimp in it!

If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

My grandma's dad because he seems fun and my mom had a fun life with him.

If you could choose a superpower, what would you choose and why?

Reading people's minds so I can know what they are thinking about and help them with whatever they want or need.


About the After School Campus Work Program

The FSDB After School Campus Work Program provides additional Career Development opportunities to FSDB students (16+) through a structured campus work program delivered outside the academic day. Students 16 years of age or older will have the opportunity to apply for vacant positions. Students go through a competitive hiring process. They review job postings that include a detailed job description, essential functions, and qualifications.


About FSDB

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind is a tuition-free state public school in historic St. Augustine, available to eligible pre-K and K-12 students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired or deafblind. The FSDB experience gives students the edge to do more, be more, and achieve more, fulfilling our vision of preparing them for a lifetime of success. Early intervention and outreach services are also available throughout the state of Florida. Private donations help to support programs that directly benefit students which are not covered by state funds. To inquire about enrollment, contact Parent Services at 904-827-2212 or 904-201-4527 VP. To schedule a campus tour, contact Outreach Services at For more information, visit


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