Phone: (469) 752 - 9300 ext. 39489
Degrees and Certifications:
-Standard Texas Teaching Certificate, EC-12 Art Certification -M.C.R.P. Masters of City & Regional Planning, The Ohio State University (OSU), Knowlton School of Architecture Columbus, Ohio -B.S. Urban Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs Richmond, Virginia -- Art Foundations Program (AFO), VCUarts -American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
Ms. Michelle Mixell
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” —Winston Churchill
If someone would have told me 20 years ago that I’d be teaching art as a second career, I would have thought they had me confused with someone else! Though, as I reflect on my life’s path, I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be! This is my first year teaching at PSHS, having completed my clinical teaching at Schimelpfenig Middle School, PISD. I currently teach Art 1 2D Design & Drawing and positively LOVE it!
I come to art education by way of a prior 17-year career in urban planning - a 3-D Visual Art! As an urban planner, I worked both in the private/public sectors and specialized in community visioning, process problem-solving and retrofitting the effects of suburban sprawl. During that time, I've served as a planning director for several communities in Pennslyvania, as a planning director/project manager for an engineering firm and as a partner in a Landscape Architecture & Planning firm.
In addition to urban planning, I have 10 years of experience as a yoga/mindfulness teacher. As such, I understand very well how stress affects mind/body and in particular a student's ability to process and learn information. Understanding this, I take care to approach teaching from a place of empathy, compassion, and kindness. I model this approach with my students with the intention of building "community" in the classroom. It is my wish that my students take a "piece of kindness" with them throughout the day.
How did I get from Urban Planning to Teaching Art? I started my undergraduate work in art and completed the Art Foundations Program at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) before changing my major to Urban Studies. I also have a Masters Degree in City & Regional Planning from The Ohio State University and have retained my certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). As a lifelong artist my most recent obsession has been with printmaking - specifically making monotypes (the most "painterly" style of printmaking). It is so much fun!
When I'm not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our 12-year-old son and our three crazy cats! My hobbies include making art, practicing and teaching yoga, kayaking, horseback riding and traveling.
Art 1 2D Design and Drawing Tutorial Schedule - Fall 2018 & Spring 2019
Tue/Fri B2-103 8:15 am - 8:50 am
Wed/Thu B2-103 4:15 pm - 4:50 pm
*B Lunch by Appointment