Photo: Superintendent Bobby Pearce, Lauralee Mitchell, Chief Academic Officer Sunny Chancy
July 31, 2017
Lauralee Mitchell, Wakulla County School District’s Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017, earned yet another award when she attended the state Teacher of the Year Gala on July 13, 2017.
Mitchell was granted “The Magic of Giving Back” award at the Florida Department of Education-Macy’s sponsored program in Orlando. Out of the 72 teachers representing their school districts, Mitchell was one of 5 recipients of special awards recognizing teachers who go above and beyond in their classrooms and communities.
Her experiences over the seven years she has been teaching range from fourth grade Exceptional Student Education inclusion to kindergarten to her current position as first grade teacher.
States newly retired Shadeville principal Susan Brazier, “Lauralee is a highly effective and very fine educator. She is energetic, enthusiastic, and willing to do whatever it takes to make learning meaningful and fun using poetry, song, dance, art and more to actively engage her students. She is also the owner of a delightful, well trained therapy dog, Gertie, who joins the class on Fridays for a bit of reading adventure.”
Mitchell has been a member of Tallahassee Memorial Hospital’s Animal Assisted Therapy for four years. During that time she has volunteered with her dog Gertie at TMH, TMH Rehab, Leon County Family Courts, and many more places that can use their help. She is newly named as TMH’s R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) coordinator.
Judges at the state Teacher of the Year event also took note that Mitchell has volunteered abroad in South Africa, Taiwan, and Australia since 2010 working with abused and neglected preschool age children and teaching reading to high school age children.
Superintendent Bobby Pearce says, “What an honor this recognition is in addition to Mrs. Mitchell being selected as Wakulla’s District Teacher of the Year. She had no idea she would be getting an award at the Florida Department of Education-Macy’s Teacher of the Year celebration. She’s one more example of the high quality teachers we are fortunate enough to have in our schools.”