Tara Mitchell

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What the nominator said:

Mrs. Mitchell has been an amazing teacher for my son who has learning disabilities. For the first time in his six years I haven’t had to fight my son to go to school—he goes every morning and enjoys it. He is excited about his lessons especially his “passion project” where they learn about something and teach it to the class. She is patient and understanding with him. She is also always willing to be available for meetings with me and the resource teacher and has read through his reports and placed my son in the area in class that he needs to be in to give her his full attention due to his auditory issues. She gets him to enjoy learning. He is doing even better at school work because she explains it to him so well. I feel Mrs. Mitchell deserves an award for all her hard work with Spencer and for how great she is to all her children in her class. I hope Spencer is in her class next year because then he will have another successful year of school. Tara Mitchell really is a blessing to Brooke Central Public School.

What is the biggest lesson you have learned from your students?

The biggest lesson that I have learned from my students is to be fearless. When I hand them a new program or piece of technology, they jump right in and explore every feature. They immerse themselves in it and master it quickly. I learn from my students every day.

I facilitate the learning in my room. We have “student experts” in all topics and all technology, and we learn a lot from each other.

If you win, how will you allocate the Teacher Awards prize money?:

We are in the midst of converting our library to a Learning Commons. The extra money could buy technology or flexible seating arrangements or even a green screen for the whole school to use.

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