LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Dona Mitchell

Position: Administrative Assistant / Truancy Coordinator
School: Lancaster ISD
School District: Lancaster ISD
City, State: Lancaster, TX

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Mrs. Dona Mitchell is a trailblazer. She goes above and beyond making a difference in the lives of children, youth, teens and young adults. For more than 20 years, she’s been a pillar in the community, a civic leader and advocate for social change via her productions, and literature. She volunteered for several of the City of Dallas Parks & Recreation Youth Programs, the Dallas County Juvenile Department, Dallas County Community College District, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, non-profit organizations focusing on at risk youth, and local government official’s youth initiatives. Her work is geared toward bringing awareness to social issues such as bullying, child abandonment, gang banging, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, mental illness, suicide, and substance abuse through the performing arts. Mrs. Mitchell is a playwright, screenwriter, director, and producer of stage productions and short films that not only exposes youth and young adults to the performing arts but allows them to deal with their social anxieties in a very creative way. It also promotes “peer to peer” mentoring. Because of the positive impact her productions have on young people, she has developed many relationships with the local and national media outlets having been invited to be interviewed and discuss her impact. Dona’s passion for helping youth has inspired her to start her own very non-profit organization called, DGM Foundation, Inc. which allows her to expand her initiatives even more.

Dona has been employed at the Lancaster ISD for the past 12 years. She is the Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Police and Truancy Coordinator where she implements her youth initiatives, some of which includes: “Talk Time” for students with Dallas County Judges; Field trips to attend local professional sports venues and attend games at AT&T Stadium, American Airlines Center, and Globe Life Field; Staff & Student Competitions that promote engagement; and radio talk shows that offer parent tips as well as on-air student opportunities and community resources. The latest initiative was the procurement of a washer & dryer set to meet the student’s needs. Dona sought and received a $2500 Education Grant through Metro Tex last year and purchased 4 additional washers and dryers for 4 campuses within the LISD. This year she received a brand-new washer donated by The Home Depot for yet another campus. She works countless hours making a difference and including everyone.

Mrs. Mitchell’s efforts and initiatives are parallel with the mission of Lancaster ISD, in collaboration with parents and communities to ignite learning that translates into sustainable success for all students in an ever-changing society. She strongly supports her Superintendent, Dr. Elijah Granger in taking the students to the next level during the 2019-2020 school year.

Her leadership is across the board and non-stop when it comes to empowering and encouraging others. She is a role model for her colleagues. Mrs. Mitchell has been invited to WFAA’s Good Morning Texas and has shared her work across the state showing students the importance of regular school attendance. She received the 1st Inaugural Juanita Craft Humanitarian Award from the State Fair of Texas in Oct 2018. Her service to students extends to the international level where she serves as President-Elect of the International Association for Truancy & Dropout Prevention. This October 2019, she will be installed as President of the International Association for Truancy & Dropout Prevention as well as completing certification as a National Dropout Prevention Specialist. Mrs. Mitchell has successfully completed The Jason Foundation Bully and Suicide Certification Program. Additionally, Dona serves as the PR/Communications Chair for Lancaster New Centennial Lions Club, and the NAACP, Tri-City (ACT-SO) Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics Judge.

Globally, she is changing lives every day.

“Dona cares about the complete person (student) and their home environment. “She mentors’ students to help them be the best they can be,” said her nominator. "She sets high moral standards for the students and will be a Life Changer forever. Dona deserves this award because she is a Life Changer for students worldwide."

Below are a few links highlighting some of her work in the community.

NATIONAL LIFE CHANGER BLOG:
https://blog.nationallife.com/hardship-hero-educators-view-students/

https://lhs.lancasterisd.org/apps/news/article/868269

http://dallasexaminer.com/news/2016/jul/25/project-under-helps-homeless-survive-texas-heat/

https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/local/dallas-county/lancaster-schools-receive-washers-and-dryers-to-help-students-in-need/287-531158202



Comments (17)


Jessica Gallegos Posted 18 days ago

Mrs. Dona Mitchell This is a person who truly DESERVES to be honored and recognized for all she is doing for the community!!!

Crystal Stewart Posted 18 days ago

This is a great work she is doing! This award is truly meant for her!

Marina Cuellar Posted 21 days ago

This is a person who truly DESERVES to be honored and recognized for all she is doing for the community!!! My vote is for her to win this award <3

Meagan Nash Posted 22 days ago

Mrs. Dona Mitchell is a very dedicated and faithful person. She is committed to making the community and those around her better!

Ted Osioh Posted 22 days ago

what a change and impact that you are making towards our kids future.I’m truly grateful for your service and commitment towards our community. Thank you May God continue to bless you and your family.

Jennifer Curcio Posted 22 days ago

Truly Inspiring. Good Luck Dona!

Jennifer Curcio Posted 22 days ago

Donna good luck. From the comments I have read you DESERVE this award!!

Anonymous Posted 22 days ago

Way to go Dona! Truly deserving!

Joslyn mitchell Posted 23 days ago

Praying you win!!!

Anthony Thornhill Posted 23 days ago

When looking up background information on this award the first person who came to mind is Ms. Mitchell. Ms. Mitchell is always going above and beyond for the community.

Pastor Alton Dixon Posted 23 days ago

Mrs. Mitchell is the kind of faithful servant that every community needs. She works consistently to make sure others have more. She is a voice for the voiceless and she makes our community better!

Kayla Posted 24 days ago

She’s an amazing person and I love how proactive she is with the community!

James Mitchell Posted 24 days ago

Ms. Mitchell is truly committed to bringing out excellence in the lives of young students!

Joslyn Mitchell Posted 26 days ago

There is no one more deserving of this award! Let’s go Dona!!

Jarvis Lewis Posted 28 days ago

Thank you for giving back to the community Changing life’s is not easy but you do a great job at it .You are a philanthropist at its best .

Shante Hawkins Posted 2 months ago

Congrats Mrs. Mitchell

James Mitchell Posted 2 months ago

Your Consistency and Perseverance represent the true qualities of a Life Changer because it means the recipients of your efforts can count on you! WAY TO GO BABY!