2015 CT Teacher of the Year
Dean of Students at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Hartford, CT
Shaun Mitchell is the Dean of Students at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. Previously, he was an English teacher at Bridgeport's Central High School for ten years. He was named Bridgeport Teacher of the Year in 2015 and in 2016, he was recognized as a finalist for Connecticut's State Teacher of the Year.
Shaun's relationship to SEL work started at Central High School when they partnered with Yale's Center for Emotional Intelligence and rolled out the RULER program in grades 9-12. Now, as a Dean, his work has expanded to developing a Restorative Justice approach to his current school's behavioral management program. In an effort to reduce the school-to-prison pipeline, Shaun uses Collaborative Problem Solving to help reduce the number of behavior referrals in his school, improve teacher-student relationships, and improve school climate.
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