James Mitchell

Year: 2017 – Province: Ontario

Certificate of Achievement Recipient

James Mitchell

Dr. Frank J. Hayden Secondary School
3040 Tim Dobbie Drive
Burlington, Ontario  L7M 0N6

Principal: Nicholas Varricchio
School telephone: 905-332-5235
School website: dfh.hdsb.ca

Subjects and grades taught: Grade 9-12, Math

From using zombie games to collect data and learn about functions, to estimating the number of jelly beans to cover a field: no matter the material, James Mitchell is a math teacher who has endless engaging and exciting activities up his sleeve getting everyone excited about math.

Teaching approach

Why not? is the question that probably best exemplifies Jamie's approach. From flipped classrooms and online learning to extra-curricular activities and mentoring, Jamie is a professional learner who shows students how math concepts apply to real life.

Outstanding achievements

  • Jamie was instrumental in the advancement of math teaching practices, and was part of a group of teachers that rewrote how the grade 12 advanced functions course was taught using ICT. The program is so successful that Jamie has hosted teachers from as far as Finland and Australia in his classroom.
  • Not only does Jamie make excellent use of technology in the classroom, but he is a strong advocate at the board level for digital literacy and education on responsible cyber citizenship.
  • Jamie organizes summer math camps for incoming grade nine students to help ease the transition to high school, and to help them learn to have fun with math.

Rave reviews

"[Mr. Mitchell] creates positive relationships with students and makes us know that he can always help when we need him. He provides us with constructive feedback in a way where we are not ashamed of our mistakes and he makes sure our parents are understanding of his teaching style."


"Jamie has enabled system leaders to recognize and do more with their existing resources and to optimize the energy and creative force of the people to continue to stretch beyond the status quo."