Meet a New Teacher

Thomas Mitchell, First-Grade Lead Teacher

Thomas Mitchell New Teacher

Q: Describe yourself in three words.

A: Hard-working, Adaptable, Determined.

Q: What inspired you to teach?

A: I grew up in a family of educators. My great grandmother taught sixth grade for 40 years, and it was through her that I began to appreciate the impact and importance teachers could make on the lives of their students. I was also supported and encouraged from a young age by teachers who helped me overcome obstacles I encountered because of my dyslexia. My elementary years were punctuated by teachers with high expectations who loved to make learning fun. My most impactful school memories were from these years.

Q: Why Trinity?

A: I was attracted to Trinity because of its motto: Each Child, Each Day. In 25 years of teaching, I have strived to make each day count and have encouraged and fostered a love of learning in my students. I have been blessed to be able to experience working in a variety of school environments and with educators who have inspired me to continue to grow and learn. It was also important for me to find a school in Austin that valued diversity and inclusivity.

Q: What are you most looking forward to for the next school year?

A: I'm excited to join a supportive, progressive, and forward-thinking school.  The past year was challenging for all of us on many levels, and I welcome a return to “normal” by allowing students to achieve their goals while collaborating with peers. I was so proud of how resilient students and teachers were in these challenging learning situations.

Q: What do you love doing in your spare time?

A: I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love traveling and exploring new cities and cultures. The pandemic put a pause on travel, but I hope to be planning trips to South Africa and New Zealand in the future. I also enjoy being active – spin classes, rowing, jumping rope, and walking with my dog are some of my favorite ways to burn energy.

Q: What's the best gift a student can give a teacher?

A: As I’ve gotten older, I’ve enjoyed the outreach from former students and their families about the paths their lives have taken them. It lifts me up to hear about college acceptances, graduations, and new jobs.

Q: What's your favorite Austin landmark?

A: I lived in the Washington DC metro area my whole life, so moving to Austin this summer has excited me on many levels. I love walking my dog around my new neighborhood in East Austin and taking in all the vibrant murals. The lake was a big draw for the move here and enjoying the outdoor lifestyle Austin affords. I look forward to sharing my new home with my family and exploring central Texas and its offerings.