Club Boulevard Assistant Principal Named AP of the Year
March 21, 2019—Congratulations to Gregory Mitchell, the four-year assistant principal of Club Blvd. Elementary School, who was today named the Durham Public Schools Assistant Principal of the Year for 2019! He was surprised by DPS Superintendent Pascal Mubenga, his principal Terry Phillips, and other district leaders, school staff and students, while he was supervising the rollout of new laptops for Club Blvd.’s teachers in the media center.
“Mr. Mitchell leads our school community with integrity, problem-solving, purpose and passion,” said one of his nominators, Club Boulevard AIG specialist Denise Baynham. “Whether it is teaching a fifth-grade science “boot camp,” hosting a summer book club for staff, or providing hot chocolate for the bus drivers on a cold winter’s morning, he goes out of his way to show genuine care for the many humans who make up the Club Blvd. community.”
Mitchell began his education career as a science teacher in Deerfield, Mass., before coming to DPS to teach science at Durham School of the Arts. After earning his Master of School Administration, he became an assistant principal at Cedar Ridge High (Orange County Schools) and then East Chapel Hill High (Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools) before executing a career change to become an elementary assistant principal at Club Blvd.
“In my 30-plus years as an educator I have never met a more dedicated, compassionate, and intelligent leader,” said Principal Phillips. “Club Blvd. was Greg’s first experience in elementary school. He immediately sought information to understand content, pedagogy, and best practices for elementary students. It is clear that Greg knows how to keep the main thing the main thing.”
Mitchell designed and implemented programs to address student performance needs such as Saturday Academy, Afterschool Academy, and Science Bootcamp. He partners with universities for student teacher placement, and regularly presents at PTA and Parents of African-American Children meetings. He organizes Club Blvd.’s regular “Walk-to-School Wednesdays” in the fall and spring, and loves and celebrates what he calls the school’s “zany and colorful” climate and culture.
Congratulations also go to his fellow finalists for DPS 2019 Assistant Principal of the Year: Travis Duncan from Lowe’s Grove Middle and Gwendolyn Wilson from Southwest Elementary!