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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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For 30 years, Mrs. Mitchell has been a pillar in her community by impacting the lives of at-risk students. She has been in her current role for the past 12 years. She has created a program called "LISD Attendance Rocks" which promotes student attendance, builds partnerships, and brings in resources and incentives to help students maintain good grades, good citizenship, and good attendance. Mrs. Mitchell has proven her ability to make a beneficial difference in the lives of students through this program.

The program includes perfect attendance initiatives such as principals competing monthly to promote student attendance and student engagement, a fifth grade class ‘attendance’ poster contest, a sixth grade attendance essay contest, and a ninth grade door decorating contest on school attendance and perfect attendance incentives. Ten high school seniors receive lunch with the Lancaster ISD School Board and are transported in a stretch Escalade Limo. Students with perfect attendance receive the opportunity to attend professional sports games, college games, etc. Additionally, parents receive discounts on an oil change to help get their children to school on time through a partnership with city and government officials.

The mission of Lancaster ISD, in collaboration with parents and communities, is to ignite learning that translates into sustainable success for all students in an ever-changing society. Lancaster ISD is taking the students to the next level during the 2019-2020 school year.

Mrs. Mitchell's ability to positively add to the development of her district's atmosphere is right on point because school attendance is an achievement. If the students feel good about going to school, they will attend.

Mrs. Mitchell works countless hours to make a difference and include everyone. She has programs for students overcoming obstacles and breaking through barriers to succeed. Her leadership is across the board and nonstop when it comes to empowering and encouraging others. She is a role model for her colleagues.

Mrs. Mitchell has been invited to Good Morning Texas and has shared her work across the state to show students the importance of school attendance. She received the Juanita Craft Humanitarian Award from the State Fair of Texas in Oct 2018. Her service to students extends to the international level; she serves as President-Elect on the International Association of Truancy Dropout Prevention. In October 2019, she will be the new President of the Association and a National Dropout Prevention Specialist. Globally, she is changing the lives of students through her new Anti-Bullying Initiatives. Mrs. Mitchell has successfully completed The Jason Foundation Bully and Suicide Certification Program.

She has a great record of excellent performance and professionalism. Mrs. Mitchell's commitment to her school district is unparalleled, and she is determined to keep students in school. She has been on several media outlets sharing tips on how to help parents talk to their children and get involved in the school. She believes that in order to help students, one must care about their home and family. Mrs. Mitchell cares about the whole student and their home environment, and she mentors students to help them be the best they can be.

Mrs. Mitchell has high morals and standards for her students, and she will always be a LifeChanger for students around the world.

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