Mitchell excited teaching profession
Feb 22, 2014 | 2483 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cleveland Technical and Vocational Center Director Monica Mitchell said she did not realize education was her calling until she became a Head Start teacher.

"I had the opportunity to work with Head Start students one summer and it was amazing. The children seemed to hang onto my every word and they asked so many questions," said Mitchell as she smiled.

She said she enjoyed coming to work every morning and it warmed her heart to see the children's faces glow as she walked into the room.

"They showed a genuine interest in learning which made me feel so eager to teach them any and everything that I could," she added.

Although the joy of educating children is what drives Mitchell, she also enjoys the frequent breaks during the school year.

"It’s a great profession and it is a joy to make changes in the world by positively influencing one 'little' person at a time. A teacher’s hours and vacation days aren’t so bad either," she added.

Mitchell said she chose to become a teacher because she has a passion for molding young minds.

"Every day is different in a school setting.  I’ve been in education for 15 years.  I didn’t really have a 'dream' career, but if I had to choose one now, this one is pretty close to it," she continued.

Mitchell said she has held down a job or two since age 15.

"At age 15, I worked at Burger King – this was my very first job. I worked as a teacher assistant during my last two years of college and immediately after college, I was employed with the Cleveland School District," she added.

"I taught first grade there for four years then I moved up to fifth grade.  I had the privilege of teaching my first, first grade class when they became fifth graders," said Mitchell.

"That was a great experience and it gave me a more in-depth look at how effective I had become as a teacher. I didn’t do too badly, if I must say so myself. It was so exciting," she continued.

According to Mitchell, her greatest contribution to society is teaching and educating children at various age levels.

"As an educator, you can only hope that what you are teaching the students will help them become productive citizens in society. I try to use the knowledge that I have obtained to change the lives of children in positive manner," she added.

Mitchell has been a resident of Cleveland for over 16 years but she Indianola is her hometown.

She received a bachelor of science degree in Elementary Education from Mississippi Valley State University, master of education degree from Delta State University, and a special in education from Jackson State University.

Mitchell is a member of the Association for Career and Technical Education, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development,

Mississippi Professional Educators and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

She is the proud wife of Archie Mitchell and the loving mother of two children, Austin Ryan and Ansley Rayna.

"I truly feel that I have the most amazing children in the world and I enjoy every moment that I spend with them and my husband," continued Mitchell.

Mitchell's husband is a long time resident of Cleveland and she said that after meeting him in Wal-Mart, she knew that they were destined to be together.

She said she finds great pleasure in sitting on her sofa while reading books and she loves to attend family gatherings.

Mitchell also said she enjoys attending church – she is a member of New Life Church in Renova.

Her favorite quote is, " Teaching is the one profession that makes all the other professions possible," author unknown.