We caught up with Chantal A. Mitchell to learn how and why she started a social group for educators. Read her story to find how she’s creating access and opportunities for both students and educators.
Aliwazas Mag: Hi, Chantal. Can you tell us what your "thing" is?
Chantal A. Mitchell: I am an elementary school teacher who takes no excuses in the classroom. I started teaching soon after graduating from Howard University. Although I was a Health Science major, I quickly fell in love with teaching and decided to do it long-term.
I was trained at a very structured charter school in New York City, where I was also attending Grad school for teaching. In two short years, I became really good at teaching and never looked back at Health Science.
I am now in my 6th year of teaching and I must say, I’ve grown more as a person and as a professional. Children bring out the best in you. I am at a point in my life where I feel compelled to share my expertise with new and aspiring teachers. I am a great classroom manager and I create a culture of respect and responsibility in the classroom.
In an effort to reach and support new teachers around the world, I have founded Teachers Group International Inc., a social group for educators around the world. We host events to raise money to pay college tuition for underprivileged high school seniors. We also aim to host professional development sessions for teachers who desire to be great. My aim is to create an influential group of educators who will implement positive change in global education.
AM: We know it is sometimes difficult to finally do "the thing." What pushed you to get out of your head and get started?
CM: I decided that life is too short. Nothing happens when ideas live in your mind. I thought “what do I have to lose?” Turns out my risk was about $300, but the lives that will impacted by this $300….priceless.
AM: To what do you credit any success you've experienced once you got started?
CM: So far, we’ve awarded six scholarships in South Africa. I’m thankful to the Heideveld Basketball Club for giving us the opportunity to serve them year after year. We are looking for other youth programs around the world to allow us to serve.
AM: At which point along your journey (if any) did you find ease? How do you create ease for yourself along the way?
CM: There has been no ease thus far.
AM: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
CM: If you know any fabulous educators, send them our way. We want great educators to help train new teachers.