Mrs. Robin Mitchell, more known as Frau by her students, has been teaching for 30 years. She started out at Euclid Middle School as a French teacher, then she taught a night class at Arapahoe Community College when her children were little. She then arrived at Heritage and has been the loved German teacher for 24 years.
When reminiscing on her years at Heritage, she remembers one day in particular.
“With a fourth year class a couple of years ago, we did this book activity… Kids in class wrote pairs of reproaches and excuses and then we took them apart and we grabbed one of the ‘why were you not there’ questions and paired it with an excuse, and they were hilarious. I almost fell on the floor laughing. We were laughing so hard that teachers asked me later, ‘What were you laughing about during class?’ It was sweet,” she tells.
Like many students, Abigail Armstrong ’19 who has been in German for three years, is downcast about Frau leaving.
“I’ll miss all of Frau’s stories and the way she made time every day to talk with us,” says Armstrong.
Students are so grateful for all she has done teaching us German and about life.
Frau has mixed feelings about leaving.
“I am looking forward to having time to do things that I can’t do now but also, I am really going to miss people here,” she says.
The bittersweet time of Frau leaving is impactful for her and all of her students. Her plan is to see her grandchildren in California more and take care of her parents.
One thing Frau always tell her students is how excited she is for us to meet our new teacher.
“I can’t say enough good things about her… I have no regret about what’s going to happen to the German students here at Heritage. I will miss them but the program is going to be strong and healthy,” Frau says.
She is very excited and faithful about the future.
“I am conflicted, I mean I know intellectually I’m walking out and not coming back, but I know I’m also walking into something new,” she says.by