Kristin Mitchell, 2018 Fellow
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Literary and Fine Arts School | Evanston, IL
Recently Kristin’s work has focused on implementing new ways to help close the achievement gap in her school as early as possible. Data has shown that once the learning deficit is established in younger grades, it becomes increasingly difficult to close as students progress through elementary school. Adapting to new teaching methods has been intense and difficult for Kristin at times, but evidence of success shared by teachers in the district who piloted the program has given her the motivation to push forward and try harder. Kristin is passionate about helping families of all backgrounds to feel welcomed and included in the school community. She believes an engaged community that includes family involvement is essential for students to succeed. She contributes to the School Climate Team’s effort to understand and improve families’ experiences within the school community. Within her classroom, she works hard to build relationships between her students. Her class “peace table” is where students sit down together to resolve their differences. Classroom activities often require collaboration, such as puzzle solving, to foster teamwork and communication. Kristin believes she must always be learning, just like her students. Her intellectual curiosity and dedication to professional development are evident through continual refinement and improvement of her classroom instruction. Parents of her students and fellow school educators say she fosters a positive, calm environment where children love to learn every day.
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