Superintendent’s Spotlight: Sheila Mitchell, Anderson County

Sheila Mitchell
Sheila Mitchell

The vision of the Anderson County school district is to ensure all students are academically growing in a safe learning environment, preparing for a competitive future and ready to be a responsible resident of our community. The district strives daily to work toward excellence and accepts responsibility for and is committed to providing a high quality education for students. Anderson County is proud of the district’s proficiency rating and continuously works toward peak performance. The goal is to be one of the highest achieving districts in the state.

Traditionally, Anderson County has strong academic, athletic and arts programs. The district prides itself on providing students with a well-rounded education and opportunities for a successful future. The district’s Advanced Placement program is one of the strongest in the state with a pass rate consistently above the state and national levels. Anderson County has had many academic, arts and athletic teams, at all levels, compete in state and national competitions and continues to be proud of the culture of excellence in the classrooms and on the playing fields.

The district is currently partnering with the International Center for Leadership in Education to focus its strategic planning and professional development on improving rigor and relevance in daily instruction, building strong relationships with our students and ensuring high learner engagement. This work will help staff grow professionally and improve learner mastery. Instructional feedback and professional learning community time allows each individual school to create unique learning opportunities. Anderson County’s collaborative learning spaces provide necessary resources allowing teachers to implement activities that support collaborative, active student-based learning. The district’s one-of-a-kind pre-K through 12th grade “bring your own device” program encourages student choice of learning tools and resources. In addition, STEM classes provide students with opportunities to utilize critical thinking skills in real world situations and environments.

Anderson County is working today to prepare students for tomorrow.