For her outstanding contributions as a music teacher, Maxine is recognized on the Donors’ Wall of Fame by Village Elementary School of Emporia, Kansas.
In recognition of Maxine Mitchell for nineteen years of dedicated service as a music teacher for the children of Emporia, presented by the staff of Village Elementary School, Emporia, Kansas.
Born and raised in Clay Center, Kansas, Maxine Mitchell is a graduate of College of Emporia and has been an Emporian for Forty years. She taught vocal music in the Emporia Schools for twenty-two years, beginning in 1975. During that time, she taught at Emporia High School, Logan Avenue Elementary School, Maynard Elementary School, and Village Elementary School.
During her teaching career, she was the absolute epitome of the community-oriented professional teacher whose talents, love, and achievements were shared by both the school and the community.
She planned and directed countless student programs, Fifth Grade Recognitions, Fourth Grade Farewells, assemblies, and staff activities. She was particularly known for creative composition of faculty Christmas skits and retirement songs. Many times she took students to perform at the Emporia Senior center, Vintage Manor Nursing Home, Holiday Resort, and even The National Teachers Hall of Fame. She initiated and helped direct the citywide Grades 4-5 Chorus and was well known for patriotic assemblies at the Flint Hill Mall.
Within her profession, she was active in the Kansas Music Educators, the Music Educators National Conference, Delta Kappa Gama sorority, and Mu Phi Epsilon sorority, and the Orff Music Organization.
Within the community, she directed the youth and adult choirs, worked with the youth group, and served as an elder in the Westminster Presbyterian Church. She participated in the Emporia Community Chorus and served as a scout leader on the College of Emporia Alumni Association Board.
Her relationship with students and parents was always positive and caring, and she constantly provided personal attention to those who needed it or were at risk. She provided songs and raps to emphasize the Village School “Character Trait of the Month” and contributed frequently to the After Class Enrichment Program.
As a music teacher, Maxine touched the lives of every child in her schools using the latest instructional methods and materials and got the most out of every student, whether they were musically talented or not.