Meet Mrs. Dion Lucas
Mrs. Dion McNeal – Lucas is the baby daughter of Pastor Dr. Donald McNeal and First Lady Deborah McNeal of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, Missouri, and she is married to her college sweetheart, Coby Lucas. Mrs. Lucas graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) and earned two bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and secondary education in 2004 and received her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction in 2006. She was also an All-American track and field thrower from UMKC and was inducted into their athletic hall of fame in 2013.
Mrs. Lucas is a veteran math teacher like her mother and wellness coach with more than 15 years of experience, and she was awarded 2018 Teacher of the Year at Grissom High School in Huntsville, Alabama and 2010 Teacher of the Year at Liberty Academy in Liberty, Missouri. She is also a published author, motivational speaker, song writer, and musician who enjoys collaborating music into her lesson plans at school. Also, her favorite song is titled “Ordinary People” by Danniebelle Hall because she likes to be an ordinary person doing extraordinary things for her country and community.
Ms. Lucas became a math teacher fifteen years ago to follow in her mother’s footsteps, who taught in Baldwin, MO. Like her mother, she also has a strong passion for music, which she employs by teaching percussion at First Missionary Baptist Church. She says that her mother always focused on building positive relationships, which probably contributed to Ms. Lucas working as a Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) leader at her school.
A year before Dion McNeal arrived at UMKC, she played basketball at Missouri Rolla and participated in track and field. Sometime during her freshman year, a thought popped into McNeal’s head. “I said to myself, wait a second, I could do track and field full time because there is an indoor and outdoor season,” McNeal said.
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Musical Therapy: At Home, Church, and in the Community
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