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Our Founder

Mission Achievement and Success Charter School was founded in 2012 by JoAnn Mitchell. Ms. Mitchell is a highly dedicated educator who deeply believes in people and is committed to creating equity through education. She leads her staff in providing life-changing opportunities to traditionally under-served student populations. Ms. Mitchell has nearly 30 years of experience across the country as a classroom teacher, school psychologist, and building and district level administrator. She earned her B.A. in Elementary Education and Psychology from Elmira College, her M.Ed and her Ed.S in School Psychology from Georgia State University, and her Certificate of Advanced Study in School Administration from Cortland State University. After helping to start a charter school in NYC, Ms. Mitchell relocated to Albuquerque with the desire to provide New Mexico students with an exemplary option for their education, specifically targeting first generation high school graduates and college students, a passion area for Ms. Mitchell, as she was a first generation high school and college graduate herself.


Ms. Mitchell passionately uses her energy, drive, and determination to teach, motivate, and inspire others. Under Ms. Mitchell’s leadership, MAS Charter School is an A-rated public school in New Mexico and MAS was the first charter school in the State of New Mexico to replicate!