Ms Mitchell

Ms Mitchell


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"It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations-something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own." —Katherine Patterson

Hi, my name is Sandra Mitchell. I am the Intermediate Literacy Coach at Benton. My job has me working with teachers in grades one through six, fostering the best researched-based literacy practices. Here I may find myself working independently with a colleague or with a small grade-level grouping. My role furthermore has me providing on-going professional development with all of Benton's faculty with the goal being to keep all educators are the cutting edge of their practice for all learners.  

As a Literacy Coach, I update the classroom independent libraries on a yearly basis.  I do this by researching the latest titles (picture books to novels), reading and analyzing to determine which grade level they are best suited to. Selected books are ordered according to grade level with the overarching goal of having them in the classrooms by early September. In addition, my office library is open to students to drop by independently to sign books out.

I am and always have been a traveler and wherever I may find myself in the world, the students at Benton seem to always be with me in spirit. If a connection can be made to their learning, I have and will continue to bring, a little bit of this back to them.  In doing so, it not only elevates their learning but whets their appetite for what their future lives may have in store as well.


As Benton's Literacy Coach I see students/teachers where they are and envision where I can take them as learners/educators. My thinking clearly mirrors that of Katherine Patterson, “The more passion you have about something, the more likely it will translate into a passion in the student. Everyone develops a passion because someone shared a passion when that person was young.” Yes, my aim has and will always be, to promote passionate, lifelong learners.