About Ben Mitchell...
 Subject / Grade: American/AZ History 11
Room: J101
Phone: (480)424-8100
Email: Ben Mitchell 
"A man there was and they called him mad; the more he gave the more he had."
-- John Bunyan

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I'm delighted to be a part of Casteel High School and working in the prestigious CUSD. In addition to teaching I also coach Men’s and Girls’ Soccer here at school. I am honored to be both married and a proud father of five children.

My Education and Professional Background

I am a former nurse in the field of Acute Mental Health, having worked in this field in both the United Kingdom and Australia. Upon arrival to the United States of America in early 2012 I decided to combine my partiality for counseling and public speaking with my lifelong enthusiasm for history by pursuing a career in teaching. This journey included the completion of a Master of Education and Arizona Certification in Secondary Education through Arizona State University. I have also have highly qualified teacher status for Social Science and History at both middle and high school levels.

My Educational Philosophy

History has all the thrills of any adventure story because it includes all the stories of all the adventures of humanity. Students can become mini historians and not just hearers of history. Each teaching day will be purposeful, professional and personable as students experience energy, enthusiasm and empathy. I seek to empower critical thinking and good firsthand decision making to help students become functioning members of society and successfully navigate their way in life. Society needs compassionate men who act and speak with strength and honor; as a teacher I aim to be such a man. I facilitate a collaborative approach with all students to foster participation. This creates job satisfaction, adds connectivity and confidence, and fulfills my altruistic commitment to the students. If I can associate effort with success and education with happiness then my role as teacher and mentor is making enduring progress.

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