By David Ortiz | Staff Writer
Linda Mitchell is the new Pre-AP Anatomy and Physiology teacher at Pearce this year. After eight years of nursing, she took the job of becoming a teacher to educate students about what she loves doing the most: Anatomy and Physiology.
Mrs. Mitchell is a native of San Diego, Calif., and moved to Texas 33 years ago. Since then, she has worked at Texas Health Resources.
She graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington and was a certified nurse for eight years before she started teaching.
She has a great loving, caring and serving personality and wanted to adopt the profession that suited her life.
“There are lots of amazing changes in health. I was surprised about how appreciative patients act, which is another reason why I wanted to teach,” Mrs. Mitchell said.
Nursing was a big part of Mrs. Mitchell’s life. She took care of patients who needed to recover, as well as patients that dealt with strokes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s disease and MS. Patients are nurses’ number-one concern.
“Teaching is the hardest work I’ve ever done,” Mrs. Mitchell said. “I don’t think people realize how much goes into a teacher’s job. Teaching is just the tip of the iceberg.”
Mrs. Mitchell loves to teach students about health care and how one year in health care can earn one a license to become an anatomy aid.
Students over the age of 18 are able to take the Anatomy Exam to get an approved license to become a nurse aid, where they can earn from $25,000 to $35,000 a year.
This is Mrs. Mitchell’s first year teaching at Pearce, and some of her students sense that she is still getting used to the school.
As a teacher now, Mrs. Mitchell wants to help students achieve the goals they want to reach for.
“Mrs. Mitchell is a very sweet lady,” senior Mia Sustek said. “She uses the skills she used as a nurse to apply in anatomy medically, and it is very helpful to my future major going in to medical school.”
Mrs. Mitchell said she loves the Pearce environment, especially teaching the smart and challenging students.
Seeing her students succeed every day is enough to make her happy.
“My students are really bright,” Mrs. Mitchell said. “I love seeing them succeed even at times when they’re struggling. I’m always helping them do their best.”
Students in her classes learn about body structure, body systems, organ and tissue functions, medical terminology and organ purposes.
Whether it’s being a Nurse at Texas Resources or being a teacher at Pearce, Mrs. Mitchell is always here to help.