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Alexander Mitchell explains math problem to an Algebra 1 class. Mitchell graduated from SHS in 2020 and has returned to student teach. photo by Darcy Leber

Growing his roots

Student teacher returns to SHS after graduating from here

Moving from math class to math class, Alexander Mitchell, a former SHS student, has found himself in the same building he graduated from four years ago. 

During high school, Alexander’s classes never appealed to him like math did. So he decided to pursue a career in it beginning at Ball State University. 

During Alexander’s time at Ball State, he made many achievements such as becoming a student lecturer. 

“At college, I became a student lecturer where I had been teaching math classes there for 2 years,” Alexander said. “I was teaching lower level mathematics, creating lessons and teaching college kids.”

He is currently majoring in mathematics and student teaches with math teacher Bradley Mitchell.

Bradley wanted to have a student teacher, so when he heard Alexander had the same last name as him he was intrigued. 

“It had been a while since I’ve had a student teacher and I’ve appreciated the opportunity to help somebody else who’s trying to join the teaching profession,” Bradley said. 

As Alexander continues his journey in student teaching and attending college, he hopes to teach at SHS for the 2024-25 school year. 

“I hope to stay around Southport just because I’ve always really liked the community …, Alexander said.. “When  interacting with the staff I’ve had very good experiences with them even as a past student. They see me as an equal still.”

Always feeling welcome in class at SHS, Alexander said he wishes to make others feel the same way he did.

Alexander wanted to become a math teacher because throughout high school he always had teachers that he felt safe to be with. He would always leave class just to spend time with them. He found his place in the classroom and wants to provide that safe environment for other students. 

Alexander hopes to make math more fun and wants students to be able to enjoy it. 

“I hope to help students see math more positively, where it’s not just numbers on a page, and also provide a chance for students to be themselves and open up more,” Alexander said. 

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Harjas Kaur, Features Reporter
Hi, my name is Harjas Kaur Chauhan, and I’m excited to enter the 2023-2024 school year as a sophomore here at SHS. This is my first year on The Journal, and I am a Features writer. I am so excited to meet new people and work with everyone this year. As I get to know you, I want you to know a little bit about me! So I grew up in a small town in New Jersey and was born into a Sikh family. I started speaking Punjabi when I was four and was surrounded by culture and family. I loved to read and go to the Gurudwara as a child. My background is still an important part of me, and I carry pride in being a Sikh. When I turned eight, I moved to Indiana. It’s really different because here I can’t just travel to New York on the weekend, which is why I don’t really like it, but I can’t say it’s all that bad because I met my best friend Simran here. I love watching horror movies with her. Thanks for checking out my bio, now go check out the rest!

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