Mitchell, Keith - Principal

Phone: 252-946-3941


Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Keith Mitchell

Dear Parents and Guardians,

    It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the Principal of John Small School.  I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a rich tradition of education!  I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than twenty years, making stops at several Beaufort County Schools as a Physical Education Teacher, Assistant Principal and Principal.  I served as the Principal of John Cotten Tayloe Elementary School for 3 years.  I am excited and eager to bring my skills as an educational leader to John Small and work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child's success.

On a personal note, my wife Carla and I have been married 20 years and are the proud parents of 2 boys, Dawson and Wayland.  Dawson is a senior at Washington High this year and Wayland is a sophomore at Washington High School. 

Along with the teachers and staff, I will work hard to continue the legacy of success established by JSS by building strong relationships with parents, students and community partners.  We will focus on strong teaching inside our building, the use of data to drive instruction and consistent implementation of the curriculum in a rigorous manner so that we can continue to increase all of the students' achievement.

All of us at John Small School are eager and excited to begin what promises to be a great year. This year is going to be amazing as we continue to provide academic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant, and help them build relationships while making real-world connections.  As your Principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors-teachers, students and parents-are excited to be here!  This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment.  My door is always open and I welcome your input.  Please feel free to call or email me anytime throughout the school year.  

I look forward to working with you as a team to help each student at JSS meet their goals and have a successful school year!

Degrees & Certifications

BSED – East Carolina University

MAE – East Carolina University

MSA – East Carolina University