TOP FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MR. MITCHELL :
1. Some personal info that you are willing to share…what you love to do…
My passion is antiques. I sometimes think I should have studied
something like interior design but, well, that’s another story. I am
especially fond of items from Southeast Asia and have quite a
collection that I hope to rejoin one of these days. My favorite items
are illustrated manuscripts but my collection is all over the place in
terms of variety.
2. Why you work here…
I began my ESL career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal in 1979.
It just seems proper that, as I come closer to the end of that career,
returning to the region is a nice, full circle. I also wanted my wife,
Vangie, to experience Africa and this will also present a great
opportunity for a visit by our daughters.
3. Where you grew up, or something interesting about your history.
I grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. I never, ever imagined in those
years that I would be in Conakry or, for that matter, have any reason
to spell it . Trust me on that one.
4. Your educational background.
I have dropped out of some fine schools on the way to trying to figure
out what I wanted to do. I thought law. Nope. Foreign affairs. Nope.
Social work. Double nope. I stumbled on ESL as a Peace Corps Volunteer
in Senegal and have stuck with that (happily) ever since.
5. Your favorite quote
I don’t know if it is a favorite quote but it is certainly amusing and
it can be quite true. Josef Stalin once said, “It’s not who votes that
counts, it’s who counts the votes that counts.”
It seems in the US at this moment, this quote has some resonnance.