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Mr. Mitchell shared this very eloquent response after being chosen as the Teacher of the Month for February: “I Was Called to Come Back Home. First, let me express my sentiment of appreciation for being selected as the teacher of the month. It is always a wonderful and special moment when the students demonstrate their love and gratitude. The Lord directed me to come to the prestigious halls of Central High in 2004. At the time, I was a Spanish instructor at Auburn University. Although I was teaching at an awesome university, I prayed and believed that I was called and chosen to come back home. With great joy at the time, I returned to the same building, hallways, and classroom where I was a former student.
“Upon my return, I was empowered with a bachelor’s degree in both computer science and Spanish and a master’s in Hispanic studies. At Central, my titles were Spanish and computer applications instructor. It was my honor to become a teacher of ninth–twelfth-grade scholars. Over the past 20 years, my titles have evolved and expanded such that I have become anointed in the following endeavors: Homebound instructor, Spanish translator/interpreter, after school tutor, summer school instructor, and SAFE/ACE instructor. Recently, I also received my STEM certification from the National Institute for STEM Education, which is a national certificate for STEM teaching.
“Currently, I am a STEM-certified science instructor at Central High and a Spanish instructor at Central Alabama Community College. The vision of my instructional capacity has grown such that I have realized that more is required. Moreover, it is not enough to equip my students with academic knowledge. It is my desire to empower my students to be able to network, adapt easily, and communicate efficiently. Furthermore, I want my students to be financially literate, spiritually inclined, and culturally sound. My classroom goals expand beyond the need to cover the scientific standards outlined by the State of Alabama. Students desire life skills that empower them beyond the halls of Central High. They need to believe that they are awesome, set apart, chosen, and that they have gifts and attributes that improve society. In short, my teaching philosophy encompasses the aforementioned standards, goals, and vision encased within love that is personified by action.
“Finally, what I love most about my job is being blessed to stand in front of the podium in my classroom and knowing that I am standing exactly where the Lord would have me stand. Therefore, my good days are better than most people’s bad days because I am doing exactly what He has created me to do. I was called to come back home to Central High. In short, it is my honor and privilege to be amid the awesome exploits that are transpiring within Coosa County.” Congratulations, Mr Mitchell!