English Teacher, Little Rock School District
Dionne Mitchell is a native of North Little Rock, and currently an English teacher in the Little Rock School District. Just three weeks after graduating from University of Central Arkansas, she relocated to Dallas to join the start up for AmeriCorps City Year. As part of the inaugural class, she was tasked with raising the literacy rates of low-income students in the predominately African-American and Hispanic middle and high schools in the metro Dallas area. She moved back to Arkansas in 2016 and began working in Title I, secondary, public schools in a variety of roles: including teaching Social Studies at an alternative high school and teaching English at a local middle school. In her spare time, she serves as the scholarship chair for two organizations—Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus and the Greater Little Rock Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. She is also an active member of St. Augustine Catholic Church serving as Advent and Outreach chair for the past three years. Dionne hopes to work in Social Studies curriculum statewide. It is her hope to have history told in a perspective that is accurate yet uplifting for students of all races. She believes students deserved to be taught the truth about their ancestors in uplifting way. Dionne is a mother to one, very active son.