Sue Mitchell

Teacher and subject of The Blind Side

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Sue Mitchell is a graduate of Central High School. She continued her education at the University of Mississippi where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Education. Later, she received a master of Science from University of Tennessee. Sue began her teaching career in Atlanta Georgia, but after three years returned home to Shelby county to teach for three years at Egypt elementary, 10 years at Riverdale Middle School, and twenty-three years at Bartlett high school.

From 2005 to 2009 she worked for the athletic department for the University of Mississippi as a learning specialist. In total, she has spent 43 years in education working in areas from elementary to the collegiate level. During her life she has been active in her sorority, kappa delta, as an alumni advisor. She also was the advisor national champion Bartlett Cheerleaders. Most recently she was portrayed by Kathy Bates in the Oscar nominated movie the Blind Side.

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  1. Joni Corn on December 17, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Hi Sue,
    My name is Joni Corn. I am the mother of a 19 year son, who is in his first year of college. He is “differently wired”, a brilliant 2E young adult with ADHD and Executive Functioning challenges. We homeschooled up until college so I acted as his educational coach up until recently. But college is a different ballgame because the school does not want the parent involved. The school wants the initiative and follow through to come from the student. As I am sure you already know, initiation and follow through are part of the challenges of ADHD. While that is a great goal and one with which I agree, we need interim steps in order to reach that goal or we are setting my son up for failure. I am trying to figure out how to best work with my son and more precisely, with the school, to help him get the help he needs to succeed, not just in school but in life. I was wondering if you have experience with this that you could share with me or point me in the direction of support services/groups. I am wondering how you worked with Michael Oher’s college when you tutored him during that time, i.e. how you were able to stay on top of his work in order to be able to help him with setting up organizational systems that work for him, and how you stayed on top of that so you could help him. I would love to talk to you about this, or hear from you. We are at such a pivotal point. I would so appreciate any guidance you could give me.
    Thank you,
    Joni

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