Joanne A. Mitchell, 81: Textbook author and Master Teacher

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PEAKS ISLAND — Joanne A Mitchell, 81, of Peaks Island, died peacefully Oct. 5 with her family at her side after a short illness.

She was born in Portland, a daughter of Annie-May and Fred C. Robinson.
She received a Bachelor of Arts in speech from the College of New Rochelle in New York. She later received a Master’s degree in elementary education from the Boston University School of Education and a Ph.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she was a teaching fellow and member of the educational board of the Harvard Educational Review.

During her career, Mitchell was a Master Teacher at the Harvard-Newton Summer School. She was an assistant professor of education at New York State University at Potsdam, New York, and a consultant to the Right to Read Program of the Massachusetts Department of Education.

She was the senior author of “Reading Perspectives” a volume of elementary school textbooks.

Mitchell’s work also included teaching assignments at the Waynflete School in Portland, Leslie College in Cambridge, Mass., the University of Southern Maine and Eastern Maine Technical College.

She was predeceased by her parents, Annie May and Fred C. Robinson, her sister Rita M. Robinson, her brothers John P. Robinson and Frederick C. Robinson and her niece Carol.

She is survived by her son, Lawrence E. Mitchell of Natick, Mass., her brother Robert C. Robinson and his wife Lucille A. of Cumberland Foreside; her nieces and nephews Robert C. Robinson Jr., Maryann C. Robinson, Mark S. Robinson, Michael F. Robinson, Temple Ann Hansen, Janet R. Robinson and Christine V. Robinson.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Sat., Oct. 8, 2011 in the chapel at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. She was buried in Calvary Cemetery in South Portland. Arrangements are by Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland.

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