My name is Jen Mitchell. I am a 20-year Collier County resident, realtor, and mother of four. Three of my children currently attend Collier County Public Schools (CCPS), while my oldest is a 2016 CCPS graduate attending the University of Florida.
I was born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana, and earned my BA from Purdue University in Elementary Education. After graduation, my husband and I moved to Naples, his hometown, where I taught for a year at Naples Park Elementary. After our first child was born, we put my career on hold to raise our family.
I have always been passionate about education, and as a stay-at-home mom, I spent the past 14 years volunteering in my children’s classrooms and serving on their schools’ PTO boards. In 2011 I was invited, along with other parent volunteers throughout CCPS, to join the Superintendent’s District Advisory Council, created to increase parental involvement in and communication with the District.
As a result of these activities, I was asked to participate in the Champions for Learning Connect Now Project, a series of workshops that led to what became the CCPS Strategic Plan. I was proud to be among the parents, educators and community members selected to develop the Connect Now vision for our school district and path toward implementing it.
In 2014, I began my second career, as a Realtor, and am currently with Domain Realty Group of Southwest Florida. The quality of our schools is often the first thing clients new to the area ask about, as it directly affects property values. My role as a local businesswoman, combined with my years as a parent and CCPS volunteer, has heightened my understanding of the importance of great public schools.
I want to help strengthen our A-rated school district. Its outstanding educators and administrators are working hard to provide our students with the best possible education. We need a school board that will set politics aside, collaborate, and focus on the 47,000 students who are counting on us to get it right.
I ask for your vote on August 28th, 2018. It would be an honor to represent you on the Collier County School Board.