2017-2018 Teacher of the Year

Congratulations Dana Mitchell!

Dana Mitchell, a native of Florence, SC, is proud graduate of Wilson High School, Winthrop University, and Columbia College. Dana has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Winthrop University, a Master’s Degree in Divergent Learning from Columbia College, and received the Gifted and Talented endorsement from Coastal Carolina University.

Dana is currently a Biology and Anatomy & Physiology teacher at Sumter High School and has dedicated 12 years of service to education. She has taught in Sumter School District for the past 7 years at Chestnut Oaks Middle School (3 years) and currently Sumter High School.

Her professional memberships include the South Carolina Alliance of Black School Educators, the Palmetto State Teachers Association, the South Carolina Association of Student Councils, Wilson High School Alumni Association, and the Winthrop University Alumni Association.

Dana’s contribution to the Sumter High family include being the class sponsor for the Sophomore and Junior classes, coordinating the Junior-Senior prom, being a member of the Sumter High AVID Site Team, and creating writing modules within the Literary Design Collaborative.  Working with the Junior Class Officers and Representatives, G.C.Style Clothing Closet was established to collect gently used formal wear and casual clothing for students in need at Sumter High.

Dana’s philosophy of education is that if we as teachers can INSPIRE the hundreds of students that pass our way then they will hopefully ASPIRE to be a part of something greater than themselves!!