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Posted October 8, 2014

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Debbie Garrison, Principal

Mitchell Elementary School

Honoring our principals as part of National Principals Month


Meet Debbie Garrison, Principal at Mitchell Elementary School.

Prior to your experience at Mitchell, where else have you worked, and what were your roles?
Before coming to Mitchell, I taught at Lavaland, Monte Vista and Mitchell; I was also the Assistant Principal at Mitchell for two years prior to being named Principal.

What made you decide to become a principal?

I loved teaching and I had a great mentor that encouraged me to take the next step into administration.

What advice would you provide to someone interested in becoming a principal?
I see so many fantastic teachers that would be a great addition to the administrative team at any school. My advice would be to share your expertise with a school of 400+ students, rather than a class of 20+.

Please share with us one experience you are proud of or a rewarding experience you have had as principal.
Mitchell serves a large population of special education students. It is so rewarding to watch students that were unable to find success in a general education setting thrive in an alternative setting.

What is something that you would like to share with the public/district administration about your school that we might not know? 
Mitchell has an incredible staff of adults that are committed to making a difference in the life of children. Our PTO is also AMAZING.

Please provide one sentence/paragraph about your overall thoughts of being a principal, and what it means to you.

It is hard work, but there are so many benefits -- about 425 at my school, ages 5 - 11.

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