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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

PRINCIPAL SPOTLIGHT: DEBBIE GARRISON

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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