Dave Mitchell taught math for thirty years, ten of which he spent as Head of Math at Cameron Heights C.I. in Kitchener, Ontario. He is now an educational publisher and professional development speaker at teachers' conferences across Canada and the United States.
He is well known for using puzzles, songs, rap and stories to make math studies memorable. His presentations involve music, puppetry, math commercials, origami and more.
Dave has been awarded the OSSTF Award of Excellence, The Stewart Award
for Teacher Excellence, The Ontario Cable Television Producers' Award
for Youth Programming and The Roy C. Hill ( Hilroy ) Award for Innovation
His ArithmeCode puzzles are published as a weekly feature in a number
of newspapers across Canada and his "fifteen minutes of fame"
occurred when he sang and chatted on live national radio with Peter Gzowski in 1995.
A recent evaluation:
Mr. Mitchell was the keynote speaker and sessional presenter at a recent Teachers' Convention held on October 6th & 7th, 2011 at the Travelodge Hotel in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Mr. Mitchell is a math teacher and effectively demonstrated that Math can be anything but boring if you follow his personal strategies and techniques to motivate and excite your students. The Teachers' Convention was held by Agency Chiefs Tribal Council of Northwest Saskatchewan. Mr. Mitchell was an absolutely outstanding keynote speaker and presenter. He not only did a 2 hour keynote address but participated in 6 different session presentations over the 2 day convention. Mr. Mitchell is a multi-talented presenter who held the audience on the edge of the their seats, and/or rolling in the aisles, for the entire 2 days. Mr. Mitchell's presentations were stimulating, energetic, humorous, inspiring, and memorable. He very effectively used music, puppetry, technology, and a natural gift of effective speaking to keep the teachers absolutely spellbound for the entire 2 days. At the conclusion of the Convention the 150 teachers in attendance rated Mr. Mitchell with a 5 out of 5 overall for his presentations. Over my 35 year tenure as a teacher/principal Mr. Mitchell is without a doubt the best speaker I have ever heard. I will remember his individual presentations, as well as his keynote address, as the highlights of my career.
Chairman, ACTC Convention