Shaun Mitchell is the Dean of Students at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts in Hartford, CT.
Previously, Shaun was an English teacher at Central High School (CHS) in Bridgeport, Connecticut, teaching AP Literature & African-American Literature having written the curricula for both courses. In his first decade as an educator, Shaun established The Central Players, a student-led, after-school drama program that has performed in more than 20 shows, including student-written play festivals, for thousands of people throughout Fairfield County, while instilling the life skills of theatre in his students.
Shaun is an active member of the National Writing Project through the Connecticut Writing Project (CWP) at Fairfield University. Through CWP, he has traveled across the country providing professional development on student-centered approaches to all things literacy related. Shaun recently co-authored a chapter with his CWP colleagues for Young Adult Literature and the Digital World, detailing a student-centered, inter-district project funded by singer John Legend.
Shaun’s work has garnered him recognition as a 2017 Lawrence O’Toole Leadership Award recipient from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation; 2016 Connecticut Teacher of the Year Finalist; and the 2015 Bridgeport Teacher of the Year.
He is passionate about urban education, LGBTQ+ education, access to the performing arts, equity, literacy, proficiency-based learning, and student-centered approaches in all of the above. He has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Secondary Education and Teaching from Sacred Heart University.