Alyson Mitchell

Eighth Grade History & Geography Teacher

Aly Mitchell is celebrating her twenty-fifth year as an educator. She holds a B.S. in human development from UC Davis and a multiple subject teaching credential from CSU, Chico. She was an elementary school teacher for eight years in the Cambrian School District in San Jose. During her last two years there, she served on special assignments as a literacy and math coach and mentor teacher. She was also selected to attend a summer institute at the National Archives in Washington D.C. that focused on using primary sources in history research and classroom education. After that, Aly lived in Tokyo for four years, during which time she earned a certificate in peace education from Columbia University. She joined the BPC upper school faculty in 2007. Aly is a regular participant in Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History summer programs. She most recently studied the American Civil Rights Movement with renowned historian Hasan Kwame Jeffries in Gettysburg, PA. She is an avid San Francisco Giants fan and loves to travel. She lives in Berkeley on a houseboat with her husband and two children (both BPC alums), a clumsy cat, and a monstrous basset hound.

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Why I Work with Children

I try to raise global citizens who consistently think beyond their borders, cultures, and tribes.

A Favorite Book

The Atlas Obscura. It is a guide to under-appreciated world wonders that inspires wanderlust. My bucket list continues to grow.

Quick Fact

Keen on floating houses and mutant Basset Hounds

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