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The Student News Publication of Warren Township High School

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The Student News Publication of Warren Township High School

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Remembering Dr. Mitchell

 

On the morning of September 18, 2023, Scott Mitchell was found dead in his car at age 44. Scott Mitchell, or as his students referred to him Dr. Mitchell, was an 8th Grade history teacher working at Woodland Middle School for over 21 years, creating an engaging space for his students to learn and talk about the modern history of the World. Scott Mitchell was a man who many could say was their favorite teacher. 

 

“Dr. Mitchell was by far the best teacher I’ve ever had. He made me want to engage in learning history, and truly helped me understand the world wars, and got me into learning more about history” – Colin Coyle (former student of Dr. Mitchell’s).

 

In his personal life, he often would play on his Xbox, opting to play Call of Duty on the console, often chatting with his students about him playing the game while in class. His openness about COD, would push for this to be one of the enjoyments in his life, along with learning history, which being a history teacher would be pretty obvious. One way he showed his true self was through his music taste. Every time before class starts Dr. Mitchell always puts on his playlist as kids are welcomed into the room. Students were greeted by songs like “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel, “Bennie and the Jets” by Elton John, “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor, and many more classics. 

-Drawings by Allen Murans and other students at funeral service.

Dr. Mitchell left a big impact on the Woodland family. Upon hearing about his death a lot of Woodland students wore black in honor of his passing. On Sunday, October 1st, Dr. Mitchell’s funeral was held. A lot of students, alumni and teachers attended the event along with Dr. Mitchell’s sister and mother. Both of them were extremely grateful for all the students who visited and thanked students for their support.

 

“It was the beginning of the school year so I was surprised” – Alexander Lopez (WMS student) when asked about his reaction to his passing. 

 

Dr. Mitchell was a private person who often obscured his feelings and details about his life.  The only known family members were his mother and sister. He also had a father who passed away a few years ago. It was noted that he had his own place and lived alone. 

-Dr. Mitchell with Mrs. Rice, Mrs. Rath and Mrs Driscoll

Dr. Mitchell will be greatly missed by the Woodland family. We hope he rests peacefully.

 

Maintaining good mental health is important. Suicide is a serious matter. If you are having trouble with your mental health and need help please call or text 988.

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