Alta-Aurelia High School principal readying for the 2020-21 school year

Friday, May 29, 2020
Scott Mitchell

Scott Mitchell will take over as the new principal at Alta-Aurelia High School and is looking forward to the 2020-21 academic year ahead. Principal Tom Ryherd, with the school district for 14 years, is approaching retirement.

“Working with students to help them achieve their goals” is what Mitchell appreciates most about working in education.

He chose to relocate to this area due to the good communities and school district. He grew up on a farm in the Dow City/Dunlap, Iowa, area and earned his Associate’s Degree from Indian Hills Community College in Centerville, IA; a Bachelor’s Degree from Dana College in Blair, NE; and a Masters in Education from Drake University.

Having worked in the Galva-Holstein community school district for 24 years, Mitchell taught at Galva-Holstein Middle School as a social studies teacher and at Ridge View High School as a social studies teacher and volleyball coach. Activities director was added to his responsibilities for three years.

Mitchell is well-aware of challenges that lay ahead due to COVID-19. “The not knowing is the hardest part, things continue to change and our plans will be changing as we go. Hopefully we don’t have another school closing, but we will be better prepared for it,” he said.

He and his wife, Dina, have three children, one who attends the University of Iowa, another at Morningside College and the youngest who will enter 1st grade. He enjoys watching sports, hunting, and fishing.