• Picture of Mrs. S. Mitchell All About Me ...
    Ah, yes ... here we unlock the mystery of ME!  I graduated from the University of Texas - Austin (HOOK 'EM HORNS)  with a degree in English Literature and a minor in Primatology (yes, I studied monkeys ... tell me you see the irony).  In college, I was often asked if I planned on being a teacher. My nose would wrinkle like I smelled a skunk as I derisively replied, "Uh, no!"  Isn't the universe hilarious?
    Fast forward several years (don't ask ... it is a LOT), and I am one of the happiest people on this planet - a TEACHER!  Turns out there is NOTHING I would rather do with my life.  I absolutely love being a teacher (turns out college-me was wrong).  I taught preschool for seven years; however, I came to the elementary world at GTE in 2009.  In fact, over the years I had many former preschool students in my 4th grade classes.  How fun!
    One other job I have is that of author.  Don't believe me?  Go check Amazon :)  No, seriously ... go check.  I'll wait right here.  Good!  You're back.  See?  To date, I have written more than 30 books for children.  It is a fun perspective to bring to the classroom when I teach writing.  Want to learn more?  Click Here!
    Away from school, my life includes being married to my wonderful husband, Joseph.  I also have two stunning, smart, spectacular daughters who are both former GTE Gators.  I like, no wait ... LOVE to read.  My family and I also enjoy going to the lake, playing cards or dominoes, riding with my husband on his Harley motorcycle, and watching movies.
    My Teaching Philosophy ...
    I believe in setting high expectations for each student.  They WILL rise to the challenge.
    I believe enthusiasm is contagious.  If I am excited about learning, students are powerless to resist!
    I believe that every student is a unique, amazing individual brimming with possibility and inherent potential.
    I believe in that parents and teachers are a team working together to raise wonderful human beings.
    I believe that having a happy, self-confident student is as important as having a well-educated one.
    I believe in EVERY CHILD ... period.
    Quotes That I Take To Heart ...
    "Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be."
    ~Rita Pierson
    "The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education."
    ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
    "Children must be taught how to think, not what to think."
    ~Margaret Mead
    "Don’t just teach your kids to read, teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything!"
    ~George Carlin