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Aly Mitchell

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Alyson Mitchell

Eighth Grade History and Geography Teacher

Alyson Mitchell is celebrating her twenty-second 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 assignment 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, Ms. Mitchell 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. This past summer she traveled to The Lincoln Presidential Library to study Lincoln’s speeches with Michael Burlingame through the Gilder Lehrman Institute. 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), brain-damaged cat, and monstrous basset hound.

Teaching Since

1993

Contact

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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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