Julie Mitchell

What do you do at PSS and how long have you been here? I am the Program and Administrative Assistant and have been in this role since 2013. I also work with many PSS students as a private tutor which I have been doing since 2012. Lastly, as a parent, I have been involved at the school since 2010.

What initially attracted you to work at PSS and what do you value about working here now? I originally found this school for my daughter, Holly, then I just fell in love with it and I didn’t want to leave! Now after working here, I recognize how much I value the way the educators get along, how they love working together and care for each other and how lucky this is to have and be a part of.

What’s something you’ve learned teaching or working here? That kids are brilliant.

Which educator has influenced you the most in your life, and how? My grade 8/9 socials teacher, Mr. Springnatic. He was SO much fun. He made everything so engaging that I just learned.

What do you look forward to in your role here each year? Being with the kids. Taking care of the educators.

What is an example of your approach to nurturing social, emotional, physical and intellectual learning in your work at PSS? Speaker as a tutor, I think the most important thing is developing a relationship with the student and allowing them to be seen and heard for exactly who they are. I recognize that there is brilliance in all of us, no matter what struggles a student may come with, they deserve opportunities to be successful in whatever way suits who they truly are.

If you could bring anyone back to life and have dinner with them, who would it be? My grandmas, both of them.

What’s one item on your bucket list? Going to Paris.

What educational background, or ongoing professional development, do you draw upon in your work at PSS? I draw upon my knowledge as a certified Orton-Gillingham Practitioner, my background as an Usborne Book Consultant, and my experience as a mom. I rely on being a lifelong learner and working hard to engage in the work I feel passionate about.