Meet Your Instructional Staff
As Arrowsmith Cognitive Brain Training Teachers, Kathleen and Lynda have received extensive training in the Arrowsmith Program theory and methodology. Their desire is to provide a positive, supportive and structured learning experience for every child. In their classroom they provide a warm and caring environment for their students and pay close attention to their social and emotional needs as well as to their learning challenges. The goal is to improve the cognitive capacities of their students with learning disabilities, in a compassionate and resilient learning environment.
Kathleen Mitchell, Arrowsmith Multi-Campus Program Director
Mrs. Kathleen Mitchell is currently in her 19th year in Christian education, having taught from the 3rd grade level up through 9th grade. A graduate of Cal Poly Pomona and the University of Redlands, Mrs. Mitchell is also a Certified Cognitive Teacher in the Arrowsmith Program. Besides her love of working with students and helping them succeed, Mrs. Mitchell is also passionate about missions work especially her work in Guatemala with high school students. In her spare time, Mrs. Mitchell loves to walk her golden retrievers, and spend time with her husband and two children, both graduates of King's West School. Mrs. Mitchell feels very blessed to be able to live out God's calling on her life.
Lynda Griffin, Arrowsmith Eagles Instructor
Lynda Griffin has been blessed to be working in the field of education for over 30 years. Her degree is in Early Childhood Education with a secondary degree in Career and Tech Education and Program Management. She holds a current Washington State Teaching Certification and is a Level 5 Certified MERIT Trainer for the WA Dept. of Early Learning. Lynda has been involved with teaching infants to adults over her long career, specializing in teaching to different learning styles and differences.
Taking a teaching sabbatical from public education in 2013 lead Lynda to become a volunteer reading tutor in her granddaughters 1st grade class at Gateway. She enjoyed preparing lessons to engage, excite, challenge and motivate the students to learn phonetics and spelling and share her love of the Lord too!
“I believe all children want to learn. With the Lord’s help we must determine their learning differences and find ways to build better brain function, so all children can reach their full potential. Arrowsmith has found the way to do this, with the science to back up their practices. I believe the Lord has led me to Arrowsmith to help encourage, motivate and support both students and families to be all He has planned for them!”
Lynda and Ed have been married for 37 years and have lived in the same house in Lofall for 30 years. They have 3 grown children, 2 grandchildren and 3 big dogs. Lynda enjoys RVing with her granddaughters, hiking, reading, dog training and eating ice cream.
Joni Landeen, Arrowsmith Crosspoint Instructor
My Crosspoint Academy experience began as a parent of two. As a former public school teacher who had taken time off to raise children, I began to volunteer in their classrooms and get involved in the school. For research has proven; children whose parents are involved in the classroom/school perform better both academically and socially. Hence, my experience at Crosspoint began.
I am a Northwest Native born and raised in Seattle who spent summers in Indianola, where I currently reside. I attended Sacred Heart Villa, (now Villa Academy), Forest Ridge School for Girls, Seattle Prep, Washington State University, and Seattle University. I earned a BA in Foreign Language with an emphasis in French, a Masters in Teaching, and am a certified Arrowsmith Cognitive Learning Specialist. I taught grades 3-6 in the North Kitsap School District, have tutored privately, and implemented extra-curricular language programs in the local public schools.
I am currently the Arrowsmith Instructor facilitating the Arrowsmith Program for grades 2-12 at Crosspoint Academy. Thinking I had resigned myself from the teaching arena, God had other plans for me. He presented me with the teaching opportunity that blew traditional education out of the water. I just had to experience this! The Arrowsmith Program’s pedagogy is based in Neuro-Science. Neuroplasticity in education is a paradigm shifting, ground-breaking approach to teaching that is going to change the trajectory of the lives of those who embrace it. I love what I do and can’t wait to be a part of my students’ cognitive shifts each day!