Hello and welcome to Prairie Hills Elementary! I’m Mark Mitchell and I’m super excited to be working alongside you (remotely) to help make this an amazing year for your child.
A little bit about me; I have been married to my amazing wife Julie for just over 17 years. We have 4 children, ages 6 to just about 13 years old. Ethan is going into his 8th-grade year at Rocky Top, Brooklyn will begin here journey into middle school at Rocky Top as well. Jackson is going into third grade and Gavin going into first grade will all be with me here at PHE. My wife and I are both originally from California, but now are happy to call Colorado "home". We enjoy the outdoors and spending time together as a family, with friends, and serving in our church. Some things I personally love are technology, fly fishing, and backpacking.
My journey to teaching began 9,360 miles away in the small country of Malawi, Africa. I had always known I wanted to work with children. However, teaching wasn't what I was expecting. With no teaching degree and only being married for 3 months my wife and I moved to Malawi where I taught 3rd grade. At the end of that year, I knew this was what I wanted to do with my life. We moved back to the States (Flagstaff, AZ) where I finished my undergraduate and graduate degree in elementary education. I am very excited to be teaching 3rd grade at Prairie Hills Elementary this year! This is my 12th year teaching here in Adams 12 and my 8th year here at Prairie Hills.
It’s extremely important to me that here in the classroom (even the virtual one) we have a safe, respectful environment so that all students can learn and grow. Our focus this year with our LARKS is the same as the last year. Our focus will be PRIDE (perseverance, respect, integrity, dreams to achieve, and empathy). While the language has shifted some, the overall desire for our students to be amazing humans has not.
Our team will be putting together a monthly newsletter that will be posted on our website as well as my personal page. This will keep you informed of important information like upcoming dates, and important academic information, as well as what parents can be doing at home to continue the learning.
It is my desire to have open and honest communication; therefore, please do not hesitate to contact me (email is best) with any questions or concerns that you have in regards to your child.
I’m super excited about this upcoming school year and I can’t wait to get started!