School Leader, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Ms. Mitchell is a highly dedicated educator who deeply believes in people and is committed to educational equity. She is the principal and founder of Mission Achievement and Success Charter School in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she leads her staff in providing life-changing opportunities to traditionally under-served student populations. JoAnn has over 25 years of experience across the country as a classroom teacher, school psychologist, and building and district level administrator. She earned her B.A. in Elementary Education and Psychology from Elmira College, her M.Ed and her Ed.S in School Psychology from Georgia State University, and her Certificate of Advanced Study in School Administration from Cortland State University. After helping to start a charter school in NYC, JoAnn relocated to Albuquerque with the desire to provide New Mexico students with an exemplary option for their education, specifically targeting first generation students; a passion area for JoAnn, as she was a first generation high school and college graduate herself.