Shaun Mitchell, M.A.T.



I'm an award-winning urban educator in the New England region known for student-centered & equitable teaching practices.



Central High School, Home of the Hilltoppers



Bridgeport, CT


Areas of Interest

Student Centered Learning

LGBTQ+ Education

Literacy Education

Equity in Education

The Performing Arts

I knew at an early age that I wanted to be a teacher.  I always looked up to my own teachers as these super humans with immense knowledge and I wanted to be just like them.  I have distinct memories of lining up my Batman action figures and Beanie Babies as my students; I would take attendance and even grade their fake tests.  However, all this took place in the wonderful world of suburbia.  I teach far away from all that.  I teach in Bridgeport, Connecticut - uniquely surrounded by some of the wealthiest towns in America.

I never saw myself becoming an urban educator.  In the last decade of teaching 12th grade English in the classroom, I've seen a few things. I've experienced a plethora of eye-opening and heart-jolting moments - some that will warm my heart for the rest of my life and some that will haunt me forever.  Our education system in America is not designed to educate diverse urban youth populations; it's for the striving, suburbanite cultures - like the one I was born into.  So it has become my mission to do what our country cannot: giving an equitable, quality education to urban students.  

NMEF Speaker's Bureau

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Honors + Awards



Yale Educator Award

Yale University



Lawrence O'Toole Leadership Award

Nellie Mae Education Foundation

NMEF Speakers Bureau Member

Nellie Mae Education Foundation



Connecticut State Teacher of the Year Finalist

Connecticut State Department of Education



Bridgeport Teacher of the Year

Bridgeport Public Schools



Theodore & Magaret Beard Excellence in Teaching Award

Fairfield County Community Foundation







Sacred Heart University


Student Teaching Experience

Fairfield Warde High School



015 - English, grades 7-12

106 - High School Credit Diploma Program

092 - Intermediate Administration or Supervision

As an English Teacher, I have taught the following courses:

  • AP Literature*
  • African-American Literature*
  • Playwriting
  • Introduction to Theatre
  • Literature & Film

*wrote the curriculum for

Aside from my work in the classroom, I am very engaged with professional organizations that support the work I do in my school community.  I am a Teacher Consultant for the National Writing Project, an instructor at the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University, a member of the National Council of Teachers of English, and a current member of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation's Speaker's Bureau.