Degrees and Certifications:
BA in Criminal Law Studies, Marquette University MA in Educational Policy & Leadership; Curriculum & Instruction, Marquette University Ed.S in Administrative Leadership, National Louis University License 10 - Director of Instruction License 51 - Principal License 80 - Director of Special Education & Pupil Services License 1801 - Special Education Cross Categorical Grades 1-8 License 1088 - Teacher grades 5-8
Mrs. Nicole Mitchell
I graduated from Rufus King High School in the Milwaukee Public School District (MPS). Initially, I had aspirations to become a lawyer or a law professor at a large university so I attended and graduated from Marquette University earning my Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Law Studies. Along the way, my interest in working with children and young people grew so I decided to become a teacher. I was accepted into the Compton Fellowship program, through a partnership with Marquette University, Alverno College, and Lakeland College, to earn my middle school teaching license. I earned my license to teach grades 5-8 from Alverno College after completing my internship with MPS. I immediately earned my Masters from Marquette University in Educational Policy and Leadership, specializing in Curriculum and Instruction and taught middle school for six years. I really enjoy working with adolescent students because they have a great deal of energy, passion, and curiosity when they are engaged in their learning.
As I progressed in my teaching career and continued to develop my pedagogy, I not only discovered my passion for teaching and learning but discovered a great love for working with students with disabilities and other challenges. I went back to school and enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and earned my Special Education certification to work with students from 1st through 8th grade. I continued my studies at UWM and earned graduate credits in Exceptional (Special) Education. I continued teaching for another 8 years as a Special Education Teacher and Transition Coordinator. Most of those years were in the traditional middle school setting.
I went back to school and earned my degree as an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Administrative Leadership from National Louis University. Immediately upon earning my credentials, I left the classroom and become a Special Education Supervisor. I was responsible for supervising the Special Education services, staff, and compliance at four elementary and K-8 schools. A few years later, an opportunity presented itself and I was promoted to Assistant Principal and worked at Fifty-Third Street (K-8) School.
This past summer, I began my career with the Wauwatosa School District and I am super excited to be a part of the Tosa Community. As a fifth-year administrator, I look forward to working with staff and families to continue the great tradition and success of educating Wauwatosa students and meeting the needs of all learners.