Central Reform Congregation
Essie Mitchell
Religious School Principal

Essie grew up in St. Louis and returned, after years of trying to escape.  After graduating from Mizzou with certification to teach high school English, she went to Botswana with the Peace Corps. From Africa, Essie moved to upper Maine with Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) and spent a year creating recreational opportunities for a small rural community. And from coastal Maine, Essie returned to St. Louis, to teach English at Clayton High School.

Intending to gain more tools for the classroom and facilitation of community growth, Essie attended George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University.  After earning a Master’s in Social Work, she explored the ins and outs of programming, non-traditional learning and group dynamics.  Essie worked with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (NCADA), Lion’s Den Outdoor Learning Center, and Fort Zumwalt School District. She served as a part-time Director of Education at B’nai El Congregation, graduated from the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School and taught English as a Second Language to adults from a variety of countries.

Essie and her husband Gary live in Ballwin. They have 2 sons; one a junior at West High and the other in Israel, volunteering for the IDF.  Between work and driving to or from schools, Essie enjoys any time with her family, hiking, reading and trying to find a hobby that sticks.  Being part of the CRC community has been a positive experience for Essie and she hopes to help others benefit from all the resources the community offers.

To contact Essie, call (314) 361-1564 ext. 106 or e-mail essie@centralreform.org.